Beyoncé has released her visual album ‘Black Is King’ and she has proved once again why she is the real Queen Bee. ‘Black Is King’ is associated with the 2019 remake of the unforgettable ‘Lion King’ and its soundtrack. The album has released on Disney+ on July 31, 2020, and Disney has nothing but great things to talk about the album. The album is shot in three continents with features other remarkable singers as well.
Beyoncé has done an excellent job by making Black Is King a representation of the Black culture and resilience. It is a grand salute to their rich heritage, beliefs, and strength. According to Disney, Black Is King is a celebration of Black beauty, tradition, and excellence.
Here are the 5 things you did not know about Black Is King –
Black Is King – Mix of All African Cultures
Black Is King is a celebration of Black pride and can be seen throughout the visuals. The black background dancers and other artists are portraying a beautiful amalgamation of all African cultures and subcultures. There’s the show of body-painting, hair-painting, and tribal dance hall along with the use of ancient African languages.
Initially, glorifying a lot of these age-old cultures and subcultures drew plenty of criticism. Beyoncé was accused of promoting old stereotypes and backwardness. However, according to Beyoncé, the generations’ old ideas and ideals are the refraction and reflection of one’s being.
And, without them, a person has to wonder if they truly even exist.
Black Is King Is A Complete Lion King Album
If you loved ‘Lion King’ (who doesn’t?) you would have surely loved its soundtrack. Especially, the soundtrack of the 2019 ‘Lion King’ was amazing to the next level! So, Black Is King is finally the album where you get all the tracks from ‘Lion King’. And, not just that – you get the story too! However, they are not in chronological order. The album covers more than half of what the film has to offer.
Most of the songs feature a young Black boy growing up among the royalties and then being taken away by a venomous antagonist. The boy grows into a man with a lack of direction and finds his way back to the crown. The young Black boy is the portrayal of Simba and it is his story.
The last portion, however, is the representation of the realistic Black community and how they face discrimination on an everyday basis. It’s about their survival and strength in the world.
Mood 4 Eva – A Classic in Black Is King
There are too many beautiful and epic scenes in the visual album but Mood 4 Eva is something different. It is so extravagant that you might have to wear glasses because of all that glowing richness. Beyoncé has never been shy to express her wealth and dynasty and Mood 4 Eva is a testament for the same. The great mansion designed in African cultures and the larger than life Beyoncé statue is hard to miss.
Beyoncé’s mother is also featured in Mood 4 Eva, Black Is King, and she has even loaned her some antiques of hers. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are seen chilling while an old white butler is handling the party.
Black Is King Is Star-Studded
Black Is King is so star-studded that you cannot miss a second as you don’t want any cameo. We are talking about Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, and Tina Lawson. Husband Jay-Z also supports his wife along with Major Lazer.
Black Is King Ends with another Legacy
Beyoncé ends Black Is King with the part where she dedicates the album to her son, Sir Carter. The whole album is about respecting the heritage and our ancestors and leaving a legacy to the next generation. Like the biblical tale, Beyoncé sends her son down the river in the basket. The line says “Child of dust, you return to the river – your roots and your story will be reborn”