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Listen to Beyoncé's 'The Lion King: The Gift' Album

After giving us an incredible sneak preview with 'Spirit', all 13 tracks are now available to stream.

The wait is finally over. The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé's "love letter to Africa", is now available to stream. The album features a plethora of African talent including the likes of Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa, Salatiel, Shatta Wale, Tiwa Savage and several other artists.


After serving us an irrefutably rousing anthem in "Spirit" with South African musician Lebo M, as well as a stunning visual not very long after, Beyoncé has delivered on the rest of the album for a film that, 25 years later, is still one of the biggest cultural phenomena ever.

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In an interview with ABC, Beyoncé spoke about what the album means to her saying, "The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa." She goes on to add that, "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."

Beyoncé also collaborates with fellow American artists Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Jay-Z and Childish Gambino.

While the film itself has already premiered in Hollywood, London and yesterday in Johannesburg, it will be in theaters worldwide as from today. Before you head out to watch the incredible creation of Jon Favreau, listen to all the soundtracks below.

Listen to The Lion King: The Gift album now.


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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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