Beyoncé has shared the cover art and tracklist for The Lion King album, The Lion King: The Gift.
Calling it “a love letter to Africa” in an interview with ABC News, the album, executive produced by Bey, features artists from across the continent like Tiwa Savage, WizKid, Busiswa, Salatiel, and Moonchild Sanelly.
“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. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” the singer says in the ABC News interview.
The album also includes features from Pharrell Williams, Tierra Whack, Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, and the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy.
Disney previously released the singer’s cover of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” with Donald Glover and later shared “Spirit,” a song on the upcoming album.
“We’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your in your mind,” she added. “The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”
The singer will sit down with Robin Roberts for a rare interview and premiere the video for “Spirit” during an ABC special set to air tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.