Afrobeat has no doubt been growing in popularity outside of Africa in recent years, but with the new Beyonce Lion King themed album, it could be hitting mainstream success soon.
Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, Wizkid are just some of the artistes that the Queen Bee will be featuring in her new album.
Shatta Wale of Ghana, South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa, along with Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar will also feature on the project which is set to become the most ambitious crossover since Infinity War.
The record, which Beyonce has called a ‘Love letter to Africa’ is about getting Westerners to really get to understand the sound of Africa.
Speaking to ABC TV, the singer said about the record: “I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,”
The superstar has also released the tracklist for the project which will have 14 tracks
See the tracklist below
The Lion King: The Gift:
01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”
Nigerians are predictably excited for the project and it is seen as one that can unite two sides; The Beyhive and the fans of Afrobeats as they will now be able to appreciate both sides of the musical coin.