On Friday, Beyoncé released her latest album, inspired by the live-action The Lion King, The Lion King: The Gift.
Needless to say, fans went into a frenzy upon its release. The project includes features from Tierra Whack, JAY-Z, and the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy, as well as a number Afrobeat and Afropop artists.
Calling the album “a love letter to Africa,” the Grammy-winning singer and producer tapped into many incredibly talented stars from the continent for the new songs.
With the inclusion of the amazing African writers and producers behind the project, we’ve rounded a quick list of the voices you’ll hear while playing The Lion King: The Gift on loop.
You can stream the album on Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Hailing from Nigeria, Tekno appears on “DON’T JEALOUS ME” alongside Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi. Earlier this year, he released “Woman,”
an addictive ode to women everywhere.
Tekno Official / Instagram
If you were in New Orleans Fourth of July weekend, you may have spotted Yemi Alade at Essence Fest. In 2014, the Nigerian popstar made waves with her debut album King of Queens
and single “Johnny”
and she’s been making hits ever since.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JULY 06: Yemi Alade attends 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images,)
Known as the pioneer of Banku music, a sound described as a mix of Ghanian and Nigerian genres and sounds, the Nigerian singer-songwriter’s music has caught the attention of fans all over the world. Mr Eazi performed at Coachella earlier this year and recently appeared on Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “COMO UN BEBÉ.”
performs at the Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.
Burna Boy landed his very own smooth flowing, vibrant single on the Beyoncé-produced album with “JA ARA E.” If you’re into it make sure to check out his recent single “Anybody.”
Burna Boy, who won BET’s Best International Act last month, is also expected to release his upcoming album African Giant this month
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Burna Boy poses for a portrait during the BET Awards 2019 at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
We’ve written about Wizkid
before and the Nigerian artist continues taking the world by storm. He’s worked with the likes of Drake, becoming the first Afrobeat artist to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records
. And his most recent collab on The Lion King: The Gift
‘s “BROWN SKIN GIRL”, sees him not only working with Beyoncé and SAINt JHN but also the iconic Blue Ivy Carter.
poses backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Another artist we’re obsessed with
, Tiwa Savage, who appears alongside Mr Eazi on “KEYS TO THE KINGDOM.” If you like what you hear, the singer has plenty of hits worth checking out including “One”
and “All Over.”
performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Known to many as the King of African Dancehall, Shatta Wale excels on the album’s single “ALREADY.” The Ghanaian-born producer and musician has a number of songs you should add to you summer playlist like “Taking Over”
Shatta Wale / Instagram
South African artists Moonchild Sanelly is known for her electrifying hair and style as well as the genre she calls “future ghetto punk.” Her turn on “MY POWER” is just a taste of what the artist has to offer.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 21: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Moonchild Sanelly during the Comedy Central Roast of AKA held at Montecasino’s Teatro, Fourways on February 21, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event, hosted by Pearl Thusi, boasted panellists like Mark Fish, Nina Hastie, Nigerian pop star, Davido and Francois van Coke. (Photo by Gallo Images / Oupa Bopape)
Cameroon’s very own Salatiel is featured alongside Bey and Pharrell on “WATER,” an infectious, energetic track that we are sure will be blasting from cars and homes all summer long.
Salatiel / Instagram