There has been much talk about Beyonce’s Black is King visual album and the day has finally arrived. The Lion King inspired album has been released on Disney+.
The visual album is based on Beyonce’s soundtrack album “The Lion King: The Gift”. The singer’s remake is a way of teaching the lessons of the lion king to “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns” and is a “celebratory memoir for the world on the black experience”.
The visual album took a year to produce and features a diverse cast and crew that hail from the many locations the movie was filmed in including New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium.
Beyonce is responsible for directing and executive producing the movie. She also plays the Lion King’s mother in the film. She first released a trailer for “Black is King” on YouTube on July 19 which has already been viewed close to 3 million times.
The album includes full-length video tracks for Beyonce’s songs “My Power”, “Brown Skin Girl”, “Mood 4 Eva” and “Already”. The video for Already was released today on Beyonce’s official You Tube channel. The song has a distinctly African musical influence and the video features dance sequences and movie clips. It features Shatta Wale and Major Lazer who also performed on the track.
This visual album may be the most celebrated of Beyonce’s work, but it is not the first visual album she has released. Her first was the self-titled “Beyonce” which was released in 2013 and features tracks like ‘Drunk in Love and “XO”.
Her second visual album was “Lemonade” which was released to HBO in 2016. It incorporates themes of love, betrayal, tribalism and family.
The release of the film, which features notable musicians like Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, has brought much excitement to Beyonce’s fan base, otherwise known as the Beyhive. Fans are flooding social media with comments like,
“Thank you My Queen for believing in my talent and giving me a platform to share by good message to the world. God will bless you forever. #symbolofhope #already #black in king #shattaisking @beyonce”
“If you don’t like Beyonce…well good luck Charlie. It’s “BlackisKing night”
“Beyonce is serving so many looks I can’t even pick a favourite #blackisking”
Black is King can be viewed on the Disney+ channel only. Those who do not have a membership can subscribe for $6.99 and see the movie as well as all the other selections Disney is offering. Verizon customers on Verizon Unlimited, Fios or 5G Home plans can access Disney + for free.
Black is King is said to be a cinematographic masterpiece with plenty of music for Beyonce fans to enjoy. Tune in and check it out for yourself.