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Beyoncé's New 'Lion King' Album Features Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Shatta Wale & More

"The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa," says Beyoncé.

Beyoncé has revealed the track list for her Lion King-inspired album, The Lion King: The Gift.

The 14-song album will include several original Beyoncé tracks, as well as collaborations with the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Pharrell.

The Lion King: The Gift notably includes a large number of our favorite acts like Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa, Salatiel, Shatta Wale, and Tiwa Savage, often in collaboration with the other artists on the album.

We've already heard "Spirit" and can now look forward to tracks like "Don't Jealous Me" (a collaboration between Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi), "Brown Skin Girl" (Wizkid with Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé, and Saint Jhn), "Already" (Beyoncé and Shatta Wale), "My Power" (Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly, and Tierra Whack with Beyoncé), "Water" (Salatiel, Pharrell and Beyonce) and many more.


"The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa," Beyoncé says to ABC. "I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa. Not just use some of the sounds and do my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic about what is beautiful about the music in Africa."

Check out the full track list below and a clip from Beyoncé's new interview about the album underneath.

The Lion King: The Gift is out this Friday, July 19.

The Lion King: The Gift

01 Beyoncé: "Bigger"
02 Beyoncé: "Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)"
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: "Don't Jealous Me"
04 Burna Boy: "Ja Ara E"
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: "The Nile"
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: "Mood 4 Eva"
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: "Water"
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: "Brown Skin Girl"
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: "Keys to the Kingdom"
10 Beyoncé: "Otherside"
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: "Already"
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: "My Power"
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: "Scar"
14 Beyoncé: "Spirit"


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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