Beyoncé Spirit The Lion King – Beyoncé has released the video for Spirit, the lead single from the 14-song collection The Lion King: The Gift. The singer also executive produced the project—due out July 19—which is a supplement to the official soundtrack for The Lion King.
Beyoncé Spirit The Lion King
Beyoncé Spirit The Lion King – Official video – Disney’s movie The Lion King.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa,” Beyoncé told, “and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it.” Interspersed with scenes from the film are various set pieces featuring Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and a squadron of dancers.
The Lion King: The Gift features several new Beyoncé songs as well as contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Beyoncé voices Nala in the new The Lion King. The cast also includes Donald Glover (as Simba), John Oliver (as Zazu), Eric André (as Azizi, one of the hyenas), Seth Rogen (as Pumbaa), and more. The film hits U.S. theaters on July 19.
Along with her role as Nala in the new live-action remake of The Lion King, Beyoncé had the opportunity to create a new song for the soundtrack, one that could stand next to the beloved 1996 compositions crafted by Hans Zimmer and South African composer Lebo M. But ever the overachiever, one track wasn’t enough. The Gift, a album that will feature a wide array of African artists and producers. The first taste of the project, a safe gospel-pop ballad called Spirit, doesn’t quite follow through on the international, genre-blending promises that she claims The Gift might offer.
Spirit opens with two men singing in Swahili, a nod to the fact that The Lion King characters hold names that originate in the East African language. These voices follow Beyoncé throughout, bridging choral traditions of Africa and the American South. But that’s where the song’s intrigue stops, as Bey starts singing lyrics that err on the side of meaningless. When she belts, “Watch the light lift your heart up/Burn your flame through the night,” in the pre-chorus, her weighty, soulful voice does its best to carry one-note lyrics that fulfill the prompt of “uplifting” and nothing else. Of course this is literally a Disney song produced by Labrinth—best known for his LSD project with Diplo and Sia—and Ilya, a close collaborator of Max Martin’s; not necessarily the thrilling and daring pop Beyoncé has recently bestowed us with. It ultimately comes across like she’s gunning for her first-ever Oscar. Just let her have it.