In real life, the prince grows up and moves to the city. [85] One look in the "Already" video was a 5:31 Jérôme blue Nigerian lace trench dress with an accompanying Nigerian gele, inspired by the fashion of matriarchal women at Nigerian weddings. Dzedze explained that the casting team went on a lengthy process in order to find the right person for the role, and "somehow my face, my image found itself on the table, and I guess the stars aligned and God said yes". One scene was framed with a profile of Beyoncé and her dancers behind her to pay homage to the cover art of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. The prince's uncle tells the prince to flee the village, and he takes over the throne ("Scar"). Beyoncé at the London premiere of The Lion King in 2019. Shouts to @cambiowashere. The video is called a “visual album” and features music from her album “The Lion King: The Gift”. Truly an amazing and eye opening journey. ALSO MOST importantly... Why is itvso important that the…, "Beyoncé Unveils Trailer For New Film 'BLACK IS KING, "We Spotted These Hidden Meanings In "Black Is King, "Beyonce's Black is King Spotlights Black Artistic Swimmers", "GOD on Instagram: "Shout out to all my Tamil people I hope I did you all proud(msgs saying I most definitely did). [34] Fordjour explained that a scene where women are standing on a beach holding hollowed-out calabashes (which symbolize health, fertility and rebirth in some African cultures) acts as "a monument of mothers", highlighting "those day-to-day things that a mother has to do to constantly take care of her family and the sacrifices that she has to make to keep this world turning". The symbolism and color...wow. Her storytelling is personal and vivid. [121], The film's score was composed by James William Blades, MeLo-X, and Derek Dixie, while Beyoncé and Derek Dixie acted as music directors. As others are fleeing, the ancestor decides to place her baby in a basket and put it in the river to save the baby. [24][25] Elisabeth Woronzoff for PopMatters noted that Black Is King engages with the Afrofuturist themes of "reliance on the cosmos for explanation and influence" and "the uneasy connection between lineage and self", with the film being influenced by Octavia Butler's writings as a work that "reclaims identity regardless of whether it is earthbound or cosmic". Farinah continued to research about different hairstyles and cultures, and the team spent over 16 hours a day for 6 days to create more than 40 wigs. The storyline of the prince's journey of self-discovery in Black Is King acts as an allegory for the African diaspora's journey of self-discovery, with the film acting as a clarion call to the diaspora to reclaim their identity through black pride. [42], Beyoncé explained that she believes The Gift "is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your mind". The couple gets married ("Keys to the Kingdom"), but he is plagued by self-doubt over his purpose. [71] When asked how he was brought onto the film, Nyaniso Dzedze said that he asked himself the same question and described it as "spiritual and divine". You are going to make this. She then decided to create full-length videos for each song, and her idea later snowballed into a very large production. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. In 2019, the DWP Academy posted their own choreography for the song after it was first released. The prince reunites with his father and breaks down in front of him. [206], New York University hosted an event titled "The Making and Unpacking of Beyoncé's Black Is King", sponsored by the Center for Black Visual Culture/Institute of African American Affairs-NYU and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. "[31], The film addresses and subverts stereotypical depictions of Africans and African Americans. The Bese Saka adinkra symbol was placed on the floor of the church to signify power, abundance and unity. [159] In a review for NPR, Eric Deggans said that "there's a lot of profundity" in the dialogue of the film, adding that it is clear Beyoncé put a lot of thought into the project and how it could make a significant impact. The event discussed "the creative process and cultural impact of this diasporic project" and featured guests including Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art Rujeko Hockley, musician and scholar Jason King, ethnomusicologist Fredara Mareva Hadley, Center for Black Visual Culture program director Joan Morgan, and the film's contributors Kwasi Fordjour, MeLo-X and Clover Hope. Black Is King is a 2020 American musical film and visual album directed, written, and executive produced by American singer Beyoncé. It was an amazing shoot. [58], Farinah stated that the aim of the hairstyling was to "educate people about Blackness and Black hair, Black trends, how amazing it is and the story behind it, the history behind these cultures", as "Black women’s hair and Black trends have been put down for so many years" and these styles were "not just hair" but had deep meanings behind them. [97] Ugo Rondinone's sun sculptures, which symbolize rebirth and renewal, were featured in the "Already" video in order to reflect the film's motif of the 'circle of life'. The process became a "travelling circus", according to Akers; a constant stream of packages were arriving to set, including some straight off the runway, and they were constantly making new costumes and calling designers at midnight with ideas. 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[63], The film was written by Beyoncé, poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, writer Clover Hope and Andrew Morrow. [210] Steff Yotka of Vogue wrote that "Black Is King was the digital fashion event of the summer, upstaging official fashion weeks by aligning garments with history, celebrity, purpose, and unparalleled beauty". Beyoncé called Black Is King "my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year". I wanted to make sure Africa was being represented properly and not diluted. [91] Ojo said that his aim for the choreography "was to make sure the moves we were bringing out were properly represented and danced in the right way. @Beyonce always pushes for greatness. Montgomery explained that Black Is King, through its references to "vernacular structures implying futurity", disrupts the orthodox "narrow critical framework" employed by cultural critics such as Mark Dery, concluding: "The unconventional temporalities that figure into [Black Is King] beckon us to abandon received ways of seeing and being seen, to cross over into an original social and psychic space. A man with a snake asks the boy who he is, but the boy does not answer. Beyoncé is preparing to take fans behind the scenes of the making of "The Lion King: The Gift" in an ABC special called "Beyoncé Presents: Making The … [19][20], Taylor Crumpton for The Ringer posited that Black Is King therefore sends a message to the African diaspora that in order for them to "disinvest from established power dynamics" and "exist outside the constraints of white supremacy", they must undertake an internal journey to discover and celebrate the rich identity and heritage that was lost to them. [34] Brooke Obie of Esquire noted that the inclusion of the original recording where the adaptation would have been in The Lion King "amends the record" and "underscores and connects the global, centuries-long European extraction, exploitation and appropriation of our many cultures and people throughout the African Diaspora". "ALREADY" is a song composed by Beyoncé, Toumani Diabaté, Diplo, GuiltyBeatz, the Picard Brothers, Starrah, and Shatta Wale for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. [89] One scene shows women covering their hair in red clay, which is a reference to the Himba people of Namibia and Angola. [139], For the film's release, Twitter implemented a new feature that showed an animated symbol of two golden lions featured in The Gift's album cover and in Black Is King (instead of the usual heart symbol) whenever a user liked a tweet containing the hashtag #BlackIsKing. "[62] Beyoncé and Fordjour recruited additional directors to direct some of the music videos in the film; Fordjour explained how they chose a diverse group of directors "who spoke to what we were trying to do" and "whose authenticity is the core of their work". As the project continuously grew, she hired a new team of seven people to work on the film. [76][77] Nkiru also asked Selma Nicholls, founder of casting agency Looks Like Me, to cast children for the video. Outside, a biker gang arrives and encircles the prince. However, her first theatrical film was for the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember, as Foxxy Cleopatra.. [11] Fordjour noted how the George Floyd protests began after they had completed the final edit, describing how they were "looking at the news and the edit like, "Oh my god, this is insane. . The Lion King is a 2019 American musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name.The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, … When it's all said and done, I don't even know my own native tongue. [118] Many different versions of the film were made. In her cover story for the December 2020 edition of British Vogue, Beyoncé explained what inspired her when developing the film, saying:[48]. 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[122], In Black Is King, Beyoncé included Solomon Linda's 1939 song "Mbube", which was adapted as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in the original The Lion King. It was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on July 19, 2019.2 1 Synopsis 2 Plot 3 Cast 4 Development 4.1 Casting 4.2 Music 5 Marketing 5.1 Trailers 5.2 Printed adaptions 6 Release 6.1 … [98] The circle motif is also reflected by the inclusion of Lee Broom's Hanging Hoop Chair in "Find Your Back Way" and "Don't Jealous Me". [160] Sukriti Wahi of Elle Australia praised the inclusion of non-black people of color who have experienced colorism in the film, such as South Asian model Sheerah Ravindren, as well as the showcasing of black fashion designers. Allegra Frank writing for Vox described the song as "perfect" and "otherworldly good". The concept for the segment was to show the characters living a carefree lifestyle with a dreamscape reminiscent of old Hollywood. In the mansion used for the video, a painting by Derrick Adams was placed on the walls, as well as sculptures by Woodrow Nash, whose work fuses Benin art with Art Nouveau. Linda received no credit for his song's inclusion in the film, and neither he nor his descendants were financially compensated. ⚡⚡", "Who is the blue/green man in Black is King? The Lion King: The Gift é uma trilha sonora produzida pela cantora norte-americana Beyoncé para o remake em renderização 3D The Lion King (2019), e mais tarde para o filme musical Black Is King (2020). This week, Disney is set to release The Lion King soundtrack, produced by Beyonce … I keep building more layers and repeat this editing process for months. [41] The Gift was curated and produced by Beyoncé, who described the album as "a love letter to Africa" and recounted her determination to find "the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and [do] my interpretation of it". [15][104] According to director of photography Santiago Gonzalez, the set represented "a temple dedicated to the power of femininity, sisterhood and motherhood". "[48], The Nigerian chapter was led by director Ibra Ake, with Dafe Obro and Meji Alabi as co-directors. [100], Statues that were on the "Keys to the Kingdom" set, including one of a black woman with a child wrapped on her back, were intended to inspire young black children, with director Ibra Ake saying: "Just seeing that as a black man, coming from America, I'm like, yeah this is opposite of what I have to inspire me growing up. Her references are spiritual and learned. The Official Website of Beyoncé. The film's music, dances, costumes, hairstyles and sets were designed to showcase the beauty and richness of the cultures in the African continent and diaspora. \"Disney’s upcoming film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Here's everything you may have missed", "Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Is This Year's Most Powerful Album About Masculinity", "Papi Ojo Aka "The Blue Man" From Beyoncé's "Black Is King" Revealed The Meaning Behind His Character", "From Beyoncé to the Oscars: Mary Twala, Africa's queen of cinema", "Who is Kwasi Fordjour, Black Is King's co-director? [81], Hundreds of costumes were designed for Black Is King, including 69 for Beyoncé herself. The Lion King Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. [48], The cast and crew for Black Is King were recruited to "represent diversity and connectivity",[67] with Beyoncé wanting to feature "raw, new talent". [152] Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen of The Sydney Morning Herald agreed, writing that the film "takes the viewer on a dazzling, hyper-real ride through natural landscapes and space-age futures, while incorporating elements of black history and tradition". We are going to be alright." The website's critical consensus states: "Beyoncé is King. [33] Akers curated outfits from both global brands and young black designers for the film, saying: "To be able to give [an emerging talent] the same visibility as a large corporation is invaluable... It’s not just about creating a look, it’s about how many families can benefit from that look. [127] Additionally, Emirati television network OSN screened Black Is King throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. "Spirit" is a song composed by Beyoncé, IIya Salmanzadeh, and Timothy McKenzie for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. The Lion King: The Gift (frequently referred to as simply The Gift) is a soundtrack album curated by American singer Beyoncé for the 2019 photorealistic animated remake of The Lion King and for Black Is King (2020). Together, we work to create the best comprehensive encyclopedia for the Lion King franchise. [38][29] The fashion in the "My Power" video was designed according to the colors of the Seven African Powers, with each singer representing a different orisha. [Beyoncé] actually came and personally greeted the Jamaican girls. The king comes to save him and is killed by a bike. Colonialism, slavery and the oppression of black people has severed their connection to their heritage and has caused even black people themselves to think of their culture as corrupt or worthless, in the same way the prince was led to believe that he is undeserving of the role that was his birthright. Beyoncé wanted the hair completed by Friday, so Farinah asked his manager to look on social media for the best black hairstylists and send them to his salon in the morning. [169] Christine Emba of The Washington Post selected the Black Is King soundtrack as the piece of culture that had the biggest impact on her in 2020, explaining that it "functioned as the most buoyant retort to the summer’s narrative of pain". Here's how to watch it", "What's Trending On Disney+ | Black Is King | What's On Disney Plus", "Beyonce, BTS, and more make the 'Twitter from Home' quarantine report", "These were the most talked-about moments on Instagram in 2020", "Beyoncé Recognized for Humanitarian Work at BET Awards: 'Please Continue to Be the Change, "Beyonce to Release 'Black Is King' Visual Album on Disney+", "Honored to be working with @Beyonce this! Beyonce dropped The Lion King: The Gift, an album accompanying the anticipated reboot of the beloved 1994 Disney classic on Friday.The … Debusschere described how he had to try keep up with Beyoncé and praised her as "a powerful, inspiring woman" who excels in her various roles, saying: "It's in the way she understands sets,... but also in the way she picks up the choreography and switches between the business side and the artistic side. [48][110] Beyoncé and Emmanuel Adjei were the directors of the "Don't Jealous Me" and "Otherside" sections. At first, she intended to produce one-minute clips for some of the songs, with them shooting in her backyard in The Hamptons. Welcome to The Lion King Wiki, a collaborative database for everything related to the Lion King franchise: films, television series, books, comics, and more. Similarly, with the film, Beyoncé is empowering the African diaspora to connect with their heritage, celebrate their culture and recognize their self-worth. I Just Can't Wait to Be King (2019 soundtrack), The Lion Sleeps Tonight (2019 soundtrack), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (2019 soundtrack), The Lion Guard (Music from the TV Series), https://lionking.fandom.com/wiki/Beyoncé?oldid=286091. And if I can't think myself, I can't be myself. Ordaz highlights a spoken word passage read by a man in the film, which states: "Many times, it’s the women that reassemble us. [60], Beyoncé had a vision for the story she wanted to tell, and she brought on Blitz Bazawule to assist in writing it, who subsequently produced a storyboard with over 250 frames. His role then evolved into an on-screen acting role as the "blue man". The film's production was top secret, with the public not being aware of the film and some contributors not knowing the scope of the project until the release of the trailer. Beyoncé first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child, which … [34] [161] Cydney Henderson of USA Today praised how the film highlights African music genres and dance styles and "raw, untapped talent from performers around the world". Beyoncé came up with the idea for the wig, and hairstylist Kim Kimble worked with six braiders for three days to make it. [123], Black Is King was released globally on July 31, 2020, on Disney+. And if I can't speak myself, I can't think myself. [140], Ben Sisario of The New York Times wrote that the minimal marketing for Black Is King "reflects one of Beyoncé's great talents — stoking public conversation with her art, while explaining very little about it". [143][144] Several publications declared Black Is King as Beyoncé's magnum opus, including GQ,[145] Vogue,[146] de Volkskrant,[147] Harper's Bazaar,[148] and Glamour. The film was released globally on Disney+ on July 31, 2020, and was aired the following day across Sub-Saharan Africa on M-Net and Canal+ Afrique and across the Middle East and North Africa on OSN. I’ve been saving this baby for a moment now, and I want to do it." Beyoncé wanted to recruit a diverse cast and crew and to provide opportunities for new talent. Live-action Lion King, perhaps to its detriment, is a gussied-up shot-for-shot redo of the original.It makes sense that the soundtracks fall to the same trappings. She explained how Beyoncé made her "feel like a queen" and thanked her with a warm hug at the end of the shoot, after which Shepherd "went to the ladies room and shed a few tears". People take inspiration from Africa all the time, but hiring people and providing local people on the ground with opportunities is a whole other thing. The Lion King: The Gift is a soundtrack album curated and executively produced by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé for the 2019 live-action remake of Disney's'The Lion King'. Obie quoted a passage read by an African-American man in the film:[8]. Director Jenn Nkiru chose to primarily feature South London, including her hometown of Peckham, due to its large black and South Asian communities. [110] There were 20 large setups around the mansion and the film crew totaled around 40 people in grip, electric and camera. ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Is Beyonce’s Love Letter to Blackness The soundtrack features over 20 artists from the United States, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Cameroon. [111][112], "Bigger" and "Find Your Way Back" were directed by Beyoncé alone, and were filmed in Arroyo Burro Beach and Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, California. [70] The rest of the main cast were recruited from South Africa. They showed Knight choreography to "Already" that they had made a few days prior for a class they were teaching. Other scenes in the segment were inspired by Eddie Murphy's Coming to America and Hype Williams' Belly. Inspiration is not going to fill my bank account, show me the money. I landed on mountains to swim in waterfalls. Sam Adams of Slate wrote that the inclusion of this selection of recordings in Black Is King "underline the way in which tradition is passed down through music" as well as "how that transmission can be exploited by outside parties for profit". Together, we work to create the best comprehensive encyclopedia for the Lion King franchise. "[60] Director Jenn Nkiru explained how in the set of the "Brown Skin Girl" video, there was "a huge presence of life", specifically a lot of flowers and plants, representing the themes of growth and nurturing. [4] The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, curated by Beyoncé for The Lion King (2019). Beyonce just might be the necessary ingredient to rocket Afrobeats into the mainstream US music scene. [140][141] Olivia Harrison of Refinery29 commented: "Leave it to Beyoncé and Disney to be on the cutting edge of digital campaign trends". Blackness is bigger than that; in fact, it's transcendent. I put alot of downloads and energy into my compositions. She performs rituals for the prince and joins other women who are also holding newborns. We chatted about the magic of @beyonce The creation process. As a creator, it’s completely changed how I look at my art, how I look at Blackness in general, and how we communicate with each other globally. The Lion King is a computer-generatedremake film inspired by the 1994 traditionally-animated film of the same name. [78], Members of the Accra-based dance school Dance With Purpose (DWP) Academy were recruited for the "Already" video. One of Beyoncé's hairstyles in "Already" was inspired by the horned heads and lip plates of the Dinka and Mursi peoples, who wear them as symbols of prestige and honour. @Beyonce always pushes for greatness. [55] The trailer shows Beyoncé reading from the 1971 book Black Gods and Kings, written by American art-historian Robert Farris Thompson to record the art history of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. "[39] Janell Hobson of Ms. wrote that the "Brown Skin Girl" video is "a reminder of how Black women's collective gaze on each other is powerful enough to challenge the male gaze", as well as "a reminder of the community and solidarity of women to build each other up and raise our daughters toward the confidence they need to navigate a white imperialist and hetero-patriarchal world". [79], Women were recruited for the "My Power" video to represent multi-generational strength, including Aisha Francis (Beyoncé's former dancer who was eight months pregnant at the time) and Ernestine Shepherd (the world's oldest competitive female bodybuilder at 84 years old). [95][75] French-Sudanese choreographer Kany Diabaté and American choreographer Ebony Williams choreographed the "My Power" video; Diabaté commented on her work on the film: "When you realize your wildest dream and tell the world you just CHOREOGRAPHED the biggest artist in this planet earth and the woman you been inspired for SO MANY YEARS!!! Nicholls' own daughter was chosen for the film; Nicholls explained that "it's made my daughter be part of something where five years from when she wanted to look like Elsa and Anna, is singing along to the song "Brown Skin Girl"". A human chess game takes place in the mansion's ground, reminding the prince of how his father taught him the game, which represented the duality of good and evil.