Beyonce has announced that she will release a new ‘visual album’ titled ‘Black Is King’ through the Disney+ streaming service next month.
The new musical project, directed by the musician, “reimagines the lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for today’s young kings and queens”.
Disney, of course, last year released the latest of its pointless photorealistic animated movie remakes, that one setting out to ruin ‘The Lion King’, with Beyonce in a starring role. Alongside the film, she also curated a compilation album titled ‘The Gift’, featuring songs inspired by the new version of the movie by artists including Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce herself.
‘Black Is King’ is based on that compilation and will feature songs from it. “This visual album from Beyonce reimagines the lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns”, says Disney. “The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity”.
“The voyages of black families, throughout time, are honoured in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity”, it goes on. “His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through black voices of today, now sitting in their own power”.
“‘Black Is King’ is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate black resilience and culture”, it concludes. “The film highlights the beauty of tradition and black excellence”.
The film will be available on Disney+ from 31 Jul. Watch a trailer here: