Beyoncé' has released "Black Is King," a visual album based off of music that she released last year. We're rerunning that piece so that you can place the visual component of "Black Is King" in context to the music. For the live action remake of the Lion King, Beyoncé, (who voices Nala in the film), recorded and curated a companion soundtrack called The Gift. She worked with leading Afropop stars to expose the music of the continent to a global audience. In her piece, “Diversity Is in the Details: What Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Gets Right and Wrong,” Okayplayer music editor Ivie Ani argues that the album highlights music while unintentionally treating the continent as a monolith. Ani joins Switched On Pop to break down this album and what it means for Afropop.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangaré – MOOD 4 EVA
Oumou Sangaré – Diaraby Nen
Burna Boy – JA ARA
Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
Fena, MDQ, Mayonde, Kagwe, Blinky Bill – PARTY NATION
Listen to Blinky and Ivie’s East African playlist recommendations
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