Beyoncé releases ‘Black is King’s trailer to tell untold stories about Africans
American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) goddess, Beyoncé has released the official trailer for her upcoming film “Black is King” to tell rich African story in memory of George Floyd.
The new film which premieres internationally on July 31 was inspired by her soundtrack for Disney’s reboot of “The Lion King” and was written, directed and executive produced by her.
According to Beyoncé, “Black is King” is a visual album of her soundtrack “The Lion King: The Gift,” which featured Ghana’s dancehall musician, Shatta Wale and other African artistes.
Announcing the visual album on her Instagram page, she said “Black Is King” is a labor of love and her passion project that she has been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year.
Beyoncé explained that the visual was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry.
“I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose,” she added.
The event that led to the death of George Floyd who was murdered by a white man, according to Beyoncé has made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey to instill the dignity of the blacks.
“We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books,” she said.
The visual album, the music icon indicated presented elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means for Africans to find their self-identity and build a legacy.
“I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.I have given it my all and now it’s yours,” she added.
The multi award winning songstress noted that the story talks about how the people who were left most broken were given extraordinary gift to make life colourful, stressing that “this experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.”
She commended her team for a beautiful story that made the film achieve its purpose.
“Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people. Love y’all, B”
The album featured international top musicians based America and Africa including Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell, her daughter Blue Ivy Carter,
Wizkid, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, and Mr Eazi.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE