Black Is King is based on The Lion King’s music: The Gift, and is premiering two weeks after the one year anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King’s theatrical release. The movie is reimagining the lessons from the 2019 movie. Previously a teaser trailer was released to voice its forthcoming release.
The songstress had taken to Instagram back in June to share the exciting news about her impending visual album.
“Black Is King is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year,” she began her caption. “I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It 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.”
“The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light,” she went on. “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.”
Adding, “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.”
She concluded writing, “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.”
Queen Bey‘s movie features her loved ones including her boyfriend, Jay-Z, and Tina Knowles-Lawson ‘s mother. In addition, the project also includes her famous friends and frequent collaborators, such as Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech and so many others.
At the same time as the trailer and main art release, a distribution agreement was announced to make Black Is King available on a large part of the African continent including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon and Cape Verde through the M-Net and Canal+ Afrique MultiChoice Community. (sic)
Black Is King has a long list of directors, including Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (The Burial of Kojo), Pierre Debusschere (Mine and Ghost videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (Black to Techno), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on This is America video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (Cachao, Uno Mas), Jake Nava (Crazy in Love, Single Ladies, Partition videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator Kwasi Fordjour.(sic)
Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors, and Deon Van Zyl are co-directors and the second unit directors.
The album also includes videos for the full-length songs “Already”, “Brown Skin Girl”, “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power”.