Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Twenty-five years after the release of the original classic, The Lion King, is getting a live-action remake from Disney.
To accompany the release of the 3D animated version of the movie, Grammy award-winning artist, Beyonce, has shared details of her upcoming 14 track album titled ‘The Lion King: The Gift.’
Beyonce, who is also in the Lion King cast, has four solo songs on the album alongside collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and her daughter, Blu Ivy.
Many of Nigeria’s top Afrobeats stars including Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, and Yemi Alade appear on the album. Tiwa Savage and Wizkid also feature.
Ghana’s Shatta Wale, Cameroon’s Salatiel and South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly are also on the soundtrack.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Beyonce describes the soundtrack of the movie, ‘Spirit’ as a ‘love letter to Africa’.
JUST ANNOUNCED: ‘#TheLionKing Can You Feel the Love Tonight? with @RobinRoberts‘ special will feature the EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE of @Beyonce‘s music video for “Spirit” & an exclusive interview with the superstar! Watch TONIGHT at 8pmET on @ABCNetwork https://t.co/mfhnDwVq7G pic.twitter.com/bd884lHSy9
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 16, 2019
The album release is an acknowledgment of the growing reputation and reach that African music, especially the Afrobeats genre has, says music analyst, Segun Akande.
“Building a major release around Afrobeats as a movement and Afropop as a sound is a major cosign for what they’ve achieved,” he told CNN.
“When you consider how big the Lion King franchise is, the album has the potential to put Afropop in the global conversation and introduce a younger generation across the world to our music,” he added.
Nigerian artist, Wizkid, is one of the more successful Afrobeats stars in recent times. His 2016 Afrobeat-infused feature on Drake’s hit, One Dance, made him the first Nigerian artist to top Billboard’s US Hot 100 chart.
Africans on social media are sharing positive reactions to the tracklist on the Lion King album.
So excited about this Lion king album !! Now have a new bedtime selections for my kids ❤️
— Rasheda (@TamarDukhin) July 11, 2019
Are all featured on the Beyoncé Lion King Album. Music has to be Nigeria’s biggest export. Our artistes have become global superstars✨🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/E00jNWsS3p
— King Iseunife 👑 (@TheShawnife) July 16, 2019