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Beyoncé’s Inspirational ‘Spirit’ Music Video Is a Nod to African Music

Beyoncé is well known for her striking & vibrant music videos and extravagant wardrobe changes but her latest video, you can’t help but feel inspired by her fusion style musical story telling.

 

As part of Disney’s reboot of The Lion King, Beyoncé appears in the film and the soundtrack; The Lion King: The Gift. Beyoncé’s original song ‘Spirit’ pays homage to Africa’s beauty, culture and music.

 

 

‘The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa’ Queen B tells Robin Roberts during ABC News’ primetime special last night.

‘I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just, you know, use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it.’

 

‘I wanted to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.’

 

The song features the iconic African gospel sounds of call-and-response voices and touches of piano and orchestral chorus’.

 

The track focuses on the theme of resilience and albeit telling the story of the Lion King but also subtly hinting towards the resilience of women and worldwide strength of femininity. ‘Rise up to the light in the sky.’ Beyoncé sings ‘Watch the light lift you heart/ Burn your flame through the night.’

 

When asked about the music’s content and genre origin, B simply replied ‘A lot of drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds mixed with some of the procurers from America, we’ve kind of created our own genre. And 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.’

 

Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s eldest daughter, Blue-Ivy also features in the music video, displaying inspirations from her iconic mother.

 

 

The Lion King Soundtrack Lion King: The Gift will drop on the same day as the movie’s release this Friday July 19th.

 

 


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