Kenyan singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer, Victoria Kimani has expressed displeasure in the American talent management and entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment and Beyonce over the absence of East Africa performing arts in the American singers latest professional studio album dubbed ‘Lion King:The Gift’.
Describing the development as causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection, the former Nigeran based entertainment Record Label, Chocolate City frontliner opined that, East Africans, precisely Kenyans musicians were supposed to be recognized in Beyonce’s new album as the movie was centred around the East African region.
According to her, in as much as they celebrate with their fellow Africans, the obvious exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on this soundtrack is depressing, as the album is an enormous and historic project that needs to see best African musician representing on the project.
Kenyan singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer, Victoria Kimani further stated, it is disheartening for Kenyans to be omitted in the love letter to Africans, adding that, Rafiki, Simba and Nala are Kenyan and Disney would have had Lupita Nyongo or Barack Obama on the outro since the project didn’t feature any African Artiste.
Beyoncé revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Some of today’s most talented and important African artists pay tribute to the iconic film while bringing the authentic sounds of African music to the world.
The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, was released last Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.” The CGI live-action remake of the The Lion King hits theaters July 18.
According to a press release, The Lion King: The Gift is a “love letter to Africa” and “features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora.”
On July 9, 2019, it was revealed that Beyoncé produced and curated the album titled The Lion King: The Gift, which will feature new songs inspired by the film, as well as “Spirit” from the soundtrack. Beyoncé called the album “sonic cinema” and said that the film “is a new experience of storytelling”, and that the album “is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat”.