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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"


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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