Grammy winner 23 times and global star, Beyonce signs the executive production of the album “The Lion King: The Gift“, A musical ode to the classic Disney story, The Lion King. The new film, directed by Jon Favreau, includes with the new original song “Spirit”, Performed by Beyoncé. The album “The Lion King: The Gift”Will be released on July 19th.
The powerful track, “Spirit”, Appears in the film during a crucial scene of Beyoncé’s character, Nala, in addition to being part of the film’s soundtrack, Walt Disney Records, and in the album “The Lion King: The Gift“, gives Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records. The music, already available on digital platforms, was written for the film by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie and Beyoncé, who also signs the production alongside Ilya and Labrinth.
With the album “The Lion King: The Gift“Beyoncé was the curator of a masterful recording, a robust sound landscape that brings together some of her favorite artists with the most talented and important African artists today, to pay tribute to the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of African music to the world.
“This is sound cinema”Says Beyoncé. “This is a new storytelling experience. I wanted more than to put together a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of rhythms and collaborations that is not just a sound. It’s influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat”.
During the planning and recording of the album, the artist’s personal connection to the iconic film and its history was highly regarded.
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to connect with the story”, Continues Beyoncé. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s narrative that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own images, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists, but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me”.
“The Lion King: The Gift“, With new recordings by Beyoncé, she presents a beautiful symphony of various genres, steeped in African influences from different corners of the continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and a clear production that celebrates the African diaspora. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wonderful narratives. The repertoire and artists participating in the album “The Lion King: The Gift”Will be announced shortly.
The original soundtrack of the film The Lion King is produced by Hans Zimmer and Jon Favreau, and will be released on July 11th.