According to the ‘Halo’ hitmaker, she was looking for the most interesting and talented African artists, hence her decision.
Beyonce added that authenticity played a vital role in the selection of African artists and producers to correspond with the theme of the album.
This is a sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film.
It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop, and Afro Beat. I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline.
Each song written to reflect the film’s story telling that gives listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.
It is important that the music is not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by best African producers.
Authenticity and heart were important to me, Beyonce stated.
Shatta Wale is the only Ghanaian musician that was featured on Beyonce’s “The Lion King: The Gift” album Other African artists who were featured include Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Tekno, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi.
Ghanaian and Nigerian producers also produced some of the songs and on Beyonce’s album.