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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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AFCON 2021: Ranking the Best Jerseys at the Tournament

Despite skepticism on the fate of Africa’s biggest football competition, the African Cup of Nations returned with great fanfare on Sunday, January 9. All eyes are on host country Cameroon, who started their campaign to win the tournament for the sixth time by beating Burkina Faso.

Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Super Eagles triumphed over Egypt with a solitary goal from Kelechi Iheanacho. A total of 24 countries are competing in Cameroon, incentivized by a prize money that’s been bumped up $500,000 since the last edition in 2019.

But AFCON isn’t just about cash payouts, dribbles and goals. Once again, it’s time to look at which African country is parading the best kits. Football and fashion are two worlds that have always collided. Over the years kits have been updated or revised to look modern. What makes a good kit? This is a complex question, and interwoven in the answer are simplicity, clever design, style, or just elements of nostalgia. As superficial as this exercise is, its implication is sweetly in the bragging rights.

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