It’s been barely 24 hours since Beyoncé released her eagerly anticipated new album titled, The Lion King: The Gift and some Ghanaians can’t get enough of track 19 which features dancehall artiste Shatta Wale.
Asides Shatta, the song also features Major Lazer, an American electronic dance music trio, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums.
Beyoncé curated and produced the supplementary album for the remake of iconic The Lion King movie.
The album, out today, features contributions from a star cast of collaborators, including JAY-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Major Lazer, and others. Beyoncé has referred to the new record as a “love letter to Africa” and features multiple African artists and producers. Listen below.
DJ Khaled is listed as a producer on “MOOD 4 EVA,” the collaboration between Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino. Listen to an extended version on Tidal below.
Syd is credited as a co-producer on “OTHERSIDE,” and Diplo co-produced “ALREADY.” “NILE,” the collaboration between Kendrick and Beyoncé, features production from Sounwave—Kendrick’s frequent collaborator who worked on DAMN. and Black Panther.
JAY-Z is also given a co-writer credit on the Blue Ivy-featuring song “BROWN SKIN GIRL.”
The album is full of dialogue from the film as interludes, including several prominent guest spots from James Earl Jones (whose voice opens the album).
Bey (who voices Nala in the remake) released lead single “Spirit” ahead of the new LP earlier this month.
She also shared a colourful music video for the track. The Lion King is in theatres this weekend and stars Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Eric André, John Oliver, and others.