The latest visual album from music superstar Beyonce is almost upon us.
Following on from her 2016 visual album Lemonade, Beyonce will bring us a re-visioning of her 2019 Disney film, the live-action remake of The Lion King.
Black Is King will premiere on streaming service Disney+ and comes from a group of directors: Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Ibra Ake, Jenn Nkiru, Jake Nava, Pierre Debusschere, Dikayl Rimmasch, and – of course – Beyonce herself.
Songs included on the album include My Power, Mood 4 Eva, Brown Skin Girl, and her recent single Black Parade, which she released for the American holiday Juneteenth on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the US.
So, when can the Beyhive expect Beyonce’s new visual album and what else do we know about the film?
Beyonce’s Black Is King release date and time
Beyonce album Black Is King is released at 8am GMT on Disney+ UK.
It will have debuted at 12am PT/3am ET in the United States.
The film will run for 1 hour 25 minutes – so that is a lot of Beyonce to enjoy!
Beyonce’s Black Is King trailer
The epic trailer for the visual album has already been released and is available to watch at the top of the article.
We definitely get some stylistic choices that evoke Walt Disney classic The Lion King.
Fans will remember that Beyonce delivered the epic new track Spirit for the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King.
Beyonce’s Black Is King cast
Of course Beyonce herself will appear in the visual album, but we also will get appearances from her husband Shawn Carter aka rapping legend Jay Z and their children: Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir.
Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson is also set to appear, along with former Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland.
What else do we know about the album?
Beyonce announced the album on June 29 and posted a video and statement on Instagram.
Queen Bey wrote: “Happy Sunday!
“I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited.
“please don’t get me hype… “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year.
“I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.”
She continued: “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change.
“I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.
“With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.
“I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.
“I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.
“This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts.❤️:”
The singer then went on to thank those who helped her bring the album to life.
She wrote: “Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story.
“This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.
“Love y’all, B”.
Fans will have to wait and see whether the visual album lives up to Beyonce’s ambitious mission statement.
Beyonce’s Black Is King is available on Disney+ from July 31, 2020.
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