Beyoncè recently announced a new visual album for her fans “Black is King” with the release of a trailer and we love it!
The album, which was inspired by last year’s “The Lion King“, was made to honor the voyages of black families throughout time according to a press statement released by Disney and Beyoncè’s company, Parkwood Entertainment.
The one-minute teaser trailer for “Black Is King”, features Beyoncé, Yemi Alade, Connie Chiume, John Kani, Nandi Madida, Nyaniso Dzedze and Warren Masemola.
The visual album, which Beyoncè described as “a labor of love,” is a tribute to Africa much like her last album “The Lion King: The Gift” which featured Nigerian artists like Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi and Tekno with songs like “Spirit” and “Find Your Way Back” which also served as tributes to Africa.
The press statement from Disney and from Beyoncé’s company, Parkwood Entertainment says, the album honors the voyages of Black families throughout time, and tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity. Guided by his ancestors, father, and childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his “home and throne.”
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” according to the announcement. “‘Black Is King’ is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”
Sharing the teaser on Instagram, she wrote:
“I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. 🎶please don’t get me hype🎶🤪 “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.
The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.
I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.
I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.
This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊🏾 Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.
Watch the teaser here.
Credits to some of the amazing black creatives who contributed to “Black is King”.
Creative Director: @Ibraake
Co-Directors: @mejialabi, @ibraake, @dafeoboro
Prod Co: @jm_filmstv
Line Producer: @alabi.isama
Styling by @iamdanielobasi
Art by @anti.design
DP’s: @kcobiajulu, @themuhammadatta
Casting by @jm_filmstv, @dafeoboro
Special tribute to Love Divine, RIP 🙏🏾
Full credits in film
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