As the Lion King hit theaters today, Beyoncé pays tribute to the film with her companion album The Lion King: The Gift. Serving as executive producer and curator, Beyonce gathered some of her favorite artists and today’s most talented African artists including JAY-Z Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Blue Ivy WizKid and SAINt JHN, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, and 070 Shake.
“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Beyoncé, who voices Nala in the remake, told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”
“A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kinda created our own genre. I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”
Stream the album below.