Artists from all over Africa took part.
How some major artists from Africa were featured in the Album.
Pop music Queen Beyoncé always spring up surprises, and this time she lived up to that with The Lion King: The Gift, an Album accompanying the remake of new Lion King where she is very involved.
The album is a perfect tribute to the unique roots of African Music and Beyoncé ensured that it lived up to the expectation.
This was ensured by enlisting artists from Africa to contribute their talent in the album.
In looking at the background we x-rayed what went behind the production of the product, and their hopes that it will elevate their music to a mainstream
“Beyoncé insisted on having the African spirit on it,” Cameroon musician Salatiel said.
The recording procedure requires that the artists involved were flown to Los Angeles were they recorded their session in studio.
James Supreme, an A&R at Universal Music Group, contacted his colleagues to reach out to Beyoncé’s A&R, Mariel Gomerez, who subsequently reached out to Nigerian American Song writer Michael Uzowuru.
Michael Uzowuru is an American record producer. He has produced and written for Frank Ocean, Donald Glover, Vince Staples, and Earl Sweatshirt, among others.
In an interview, Supreme talked about Uzowuru. “For almost two months, Michael went to the studio every single day,”.
“The way Uzowuru put it was there were so many different rooms, with creatives cycling in and out,”
“There was a very specific vision [on The Gift], and Michael really knows how to execute a vision,” Supreme says.
“Mid-may we started hearing rumblings of Beyoncé working on a Lion King project,” Supreme said.
Sureeta Nayyar who does international A&R for UMPG and has a keen ear for Nigerian acts also entered into conversations with Beyoncé‘s team.
“As a company, we have a really strong international presence, with Burna Boy [who is signed to UMPG] being the most significant African artist right now,” Nayyar says.
“We were jumping on a moving train,” she continues, but Burna Boy ended up being one of the few artists other than Beyoncé to get a solo showcase on The Gift.
The artists also narrated their journey in the project.
Yemi Alade explained said. “There were several studios, and every room had a theme,” she said.
Nigerian artists chosen to contribute, including Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr Eazi, and of course Wizkid who was featured on Drake’s hit “One Dance.”
Artists from other African countries are Shatta Wale (Ghana), Salatiel (Cameroon), Busisswa (South Africa.
Aside from African artists, the album also includes vocals from Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, and more.
An “ironclad NDA” keeps the majority of details from filtering out about the process, but there is no question that it took months of long nights in the collection of studios.
Now that the final product has been released, there is hope among the artists involved that they will have a more palatial platform in the United States.
“Now that Beyoncé released a whole album, this will open the gateway,” Ghanian producer Guilty Beatz said.
Meanwhile there has been criticism coming from East Africa who feel they should be part of the project.
Lion king Album is here and the songs are buzzing around the Continent and beyond. Beyoncé gift is well received by Africa.