It’s no secret that anything Beyoncé does is going to be big. She’s not only starring in the Lion King live-action remake, she’s also executing producing her own album for the film. The Lion King: The Gift is set to be a compilation of artists from across the African diaspora, with heavy afrobeat influence.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa,” Beyoncé said in a rare interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts. “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.”
The visuals for the first single, “Spirit,” are an accompanying love letter to Black hair magic and fashion. Bey rocks a bevy of hairstyles coiffed by her go-to stylist Kim Kimble, including Fulani-inspired braids and cornrows, along with free-flowing kinky textured looks that caught all the wind. There’s even a cameo with her daughter Blue Ivy, who sported a crown of mermaid-ready red kinky curls.
And, of course, all the fashion looks pulled by Zerina Akers were everything featuring 12 vibrant costume changes, including two looks by African designers: a black-and-white “Bamako” print suit and bustier by Tongoro Studio and a cowrie shell headpiece by LaFalaised Dionn. She also worked a stunning ivory beaded and cowrie shell bodice dress by Brazilian brand Maison Alexandrine and a dramatic red rope swimsuit by Déviant La Vie.
Filmed at the Grand Canyon’s Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, the combination of desert background, her striking monochromatic looks and mix of African and contemporary dance choreography also give off Solange vibes (think: “Crane In The Sky”).
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