Beyoncé, who voices Nala in Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King, has dropped an album that accompanies the release of the animated film.
Titled The Lion King: The Gift, the 27-track album was curated and executive-produced by Beyoncé, who lends her vocals to 13 songs. The full-length also features Kendrick Lamar on “Nile,” Jay-Z on “Mood 4 Eva” and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter on “Brown Skin Girl,” among others. Donald Glover, who voices Simba, also appears on “Mood 4 Eva” as Childish Gambino. Spoken interludes of dialogue from the movie are interspersed throughout the album.
The record spotlights African artists and producers as “authenticity and heart were important” to the creation of the record, Beyoncé said in a press statement. Among the artists highlighted are Nigerian musicians Tekno and Mr Eazi, South African singer-dancer Moonchild Sanelly and Ghanaian-born dancehall musician Shatta Wale.
“This is sonic cinema,” Beyoncé said in her statement. “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 Afrobeat.”
Stream The Lion King: The Gift here: