Is there anything Beyoncé can’t do? We know she’s had a couple acting roles here and there, but nothing has compared to her starring in the remake of The Lion King, where she voices the character of Nala. Now, ahead of the premiere of Lion King, Beyoncé blessed us again by releasing an entire album to accompany the new soundtrack, entitled The Lion King: The Gift.
The highly-anticipated remake of the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film. The Grammy award-winning artist released the 14-track album, The Lion King: The Gift, featuring songs that are inspired by the story though not necessarily directly connected to the film or the classics from the original soundtrack.
“I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds or did my own interpretation of it,” she said in the interview with Good Morning America. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful to the music in Africa.” Through the help of six famous Nigerian musicians including Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, and WizKid, Beyoncé was able to deliver that authentic sound. Ghana’s Shatta Wale, Cameroon’s Salatiel and South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly are also featured on the album.
“I feel like the soundtrack becomes visual in your mind,” Beyoncé told GMA. “It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.” It’s safe to say we’ll be listening to this album on repeat this weekend.