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Beyoncé, Tiffany Haddish, Florence Kasumba & More Shine at 'The Lion King' World Premiere

Check out a glimpse of the premiere's red carpet as well as a new clip from the film.

The world premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" went down in Hollywood Wednesday and it was a star-studded affair. It also signals that we are getting even closer to its release in theaters as it's set to open July 19, 2019 worldwide.


This new imagining of a classic many of us know welcomes beloved characters back to the big screen in a whole new way. Revisit the synopsis below:

Director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

A new clip featuring "Circle of Life" also debuted tonight during the event's livestream:

"Circle of Life" Clip | The Lion King youtu.be

In the images below, you'll see some of our favorites strut the red carpet in glistening looks, including Beyoncé and Blue, Chiwetel Ejiofor, South African legend John Kani and his family, Florence Kasumba, Tiffany Haddish and more.

Take a look:

Beyoncé and Blue.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Atandwa Kani, Mandi Kani, and John Kani.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Tiffany Haddish.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Florence Kasumba.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Chloe and Halle.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Lance and Berkeley Brynn Gross.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

'The Lion King' cast.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Donald Glover, Beyoncé and Chiwetel Ejifor.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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