A year after the release of her executive produced ‘Lion King: The Gift’ album, which featured a number of Africa’s best musical acts, Beyoncé has just announced that she will be releasing a visual album titled ‘Black is King’ based on music from last year’s album.
‘Black Is King’ is written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé herself, and will premiere globally on Disney Plus on July 31, 2020. The visual album, announced on Saturday and filmed over the course of a year, is said to reimagine lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for an audience of “young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” according to a news release by Disney Plus.
The visual album will also pay tribute to the voyages of Black families throughout time, says Variety, as it tells the story of a young king’s “transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity.” His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.
‘Black is King’ will also include appearances from some of the featured artists on ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ and other special guests, producers said. From what we have gathered, Beyoncé definitely has her eyes and ears on the budding creative scene in Africa, as a number of our creative faves have been involved in the making of this visual project. The Nigerian chapter includes directors like Meji Alabi, Dafe Oboro, and Ibra Ake with stylist Daniel Obasi on board, and art by anti.design.
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You can watch the trailer for ‘Black is King’ here.
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