Beyonce: ‘Why I featured Wizkid, other African artistes in my new album’

Beyonce: ‘Why I featured Wizkid, other African artistes in my new album’


American recording artist, Beyonce has revealed why she featured Nigerian superstar, Wizkid along with other African acts on her new music album.


Beyonce’s album, Lion King: The Gift is set to be released on Friday, July 19 2019. The new album features Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy and Tekno.


Furthermore, Shatta Wale  – the only Ghanaian artiste included – also featured in the album.


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Beyonce disclosed that she wanted a collection of songs from different genres that expresses what she’s trying to pass across.


Furthermore, she revealed that the album was inspired by a mixture of different sounds. The artiste lists R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro-Beat. In addition, authenticity was a major concern for her.





“This is a sonic cinema.


This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro-Beat”, she said.


“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.


“It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists. But also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me”, Beyonce stated.


Beyonce remains one of the game’s brightest

Beyonce rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the girl-group Destiny’s Child.


Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the best-selling groups in history. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003).


The album established her as a solo artist worldwide. She debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Further, it earned her five Grammy Awards. The album also featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.

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