Last month, Hollywood behemoth, Disney along with Queen Bey, announced the imminent arrival of ‘Black Is King’ a visual album for her 2019 The Lion King compilation album, ‘Lion King: The Gift’. As always, with everything Beyoncé does, the internet went into an absolute frenzy and whether you were excited for yet another Beyoncé-helmed exhibition of African talent, or mad at the essentialised depictions of Africa inferable from trailer, the July 31 release date was etched in everybody’s mind.
And it’s finally here.
Available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus (which you can sign up to here), ‘Black Is King’ is a rousing film dedicated to exploring Black ancestry, traditional African customs through the lens of an uplifting modernised Lion King story. Shot around the world, from West Africa to Belgium to South Africa to America’s East Coast, ‘Black Is King’, features, Shatta Wale, Tiwa Savage, Adut Akech, Yemi Alade, Lupita Nyong’o, Aweng Chuol and a few other African stars.
Directed and executively produced by Beyoncé, ‘Black Is King‘, which has been a year in the making, also credits an innumerable number of African creatives behind the scenes, such as Kwasi Fordjour, Meji Alabi, Ibra Ake, Emmanuel Adjei, Daniel Obasi and many more. Unfortunately, without Disney Plus access, you won’t be able to watch the movie, but Beyoncé being Beyoncé has given us even more incentive to hop onto the streaming site, by unveiling the new, appetite-whetting video for one of The Gift‘s standout tracks, “ALREADY”.
Opening with a soundbite from The Lion King, the video for the Major Lazer and Shatta Wale-assisted song captures Beyoncé dancing effervescently or posing majestically in a myriad of locations. She and her dancers take over an underground space dressed in Marine Serre, she’s a mounted queen beside King Shatta Wale, she’s at one with nature holed up in a tree and the leader of an iridescent biker squad.
The video for “ALREADY” has a plethora of cuts, one of which was leaked last week, and caused much excitement to Nigerians as we saw Beyoncé doing the Zanku. As she parties with the cast and crew of the “ALREADY” video, Beyoncé is also spotted hitting another popular Nigerian move, kpakujemu. She’s quite savvy with her West African dance moves.
‘Black Is King’ will be available on DSTV channel 101 tomorrow at 8pm.
Watch the exciting video below: