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Beyonce explains why she featured Shatta Wale & other African artists on her lion king album (video)

American singer, songwriter and actress Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter has explained why she featured Shatta Wale and other African artists on her latest album.

The live-action of the classic animated adventure and musical drama Lion King is set to be released on Friday, July 19.

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Beyonce, who took on the role to act as the voice of Nala, the main character Simba’s love interest, also released an album for the live-action remake. The album is titled The Lion King:

The Gift album contains the official soundtracks for the Lion King remake. It is a 14-track album and many African stars got the opportunity to be featured on some of the tracks.

Nigerian acts such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tekno and Yemi Alade were featured and South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly.

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Shatta Wale happens to be the only Ghanaian artist featured on the American singer’s album.

However, Beyonce has revealed why he featured Shatta Wale and other renowned African artists on her upcoming album.

According to the ‘Halo’ hitmaker, she was looking for the most interesting and talented African artists, hence her decision.

Beyonce added that authenticity played a vital role in the selection of African artists and producers to correspond with the theme of the album.

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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.

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.

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Simon Kabutey
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