It’s here! It’s finally here! Rafiki is holding up a Bluetooth speaker on Pride Rock right now, because Beyoncé’s companion soundtrack to the new live-action Lion King has finally dropped. The soundtrack weaves the voices of Mufasa et al. in with the melodies and polyrhythms of Africa. “This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” Nala Knowles-Carter told ABC News. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.” Earlier this week, she released a single and video for “Spirit.” An extended mix of “MOOD 4 EVA” by Bey, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino is available exclusively through Tidal. The rest of the album is streaming everywhere.
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