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Ghanaian filmmakers Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule & Kwasi Fordjour Contribute To ‘Black Is King’ Visual Album By Beyoncé


Pop icon Beyoncé is preparing to give the world a taste of another side of her creative journey with the announcement of a visual album titled ‘Black Is King’.

Beyoncé released the first trailer to the album last month as companion to The Lion King animated film which was released in 2019. Beyoncé followed the film up with a full studio effort featuring musicians from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and other parts of the world, she called the album The Lion King: The Gift.

On the second trailer posted by Beyoncé on her Instagram page and also shared by Disney to their YouTube channel, she acknoweleged the major contributions from most of the creative people that helped worked on the visual album.

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I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. 🎶please don’t get me hype🎶🤪 “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. 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. 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. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your 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 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. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️✊🏾 Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. 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. Love y’all, B

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The named included Ghanaian filmmakers and creative people including Blitz Bazawule, Emmanuel Adjei and Kwasi Fordjour, the latter works at the creative director at Parkwood Entertainment, a company owned by Beyoncé.

While Blitz is a musician and filmmaker who shot the much talked about film – The Burial of Kojo in 2018 and Emmanuel is also a filmmaker with productions such as Shahmaran, and The Formula.

Black Is King was filmed across Africa and other parts of the world. Beyoncé and Disney have plans to stream the film mainly in Africa, since the message carries the Black Excellence and centres more African culture.

In the second trailer, supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Lupita Nyong’o and others including Jay Z, starred in it.

Watch trailer below:

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