Beyoncé released her new album Black is King on the 31st of July 2020. The musical, visual film was written, directed, and produced by the popular American pop singer Beyoncé. Black, the king, already broke the internet and the Disney plus views are surging according to the analytics. It is her first album of 2020 and also during the period of a pandemic. Her fans showered her with appreciation and positive reviews soon after the release of the album. The new visual album is now streaming on Disney Plus, which is “meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry,” she stated in the announcement where she posted on Instagram a month ago. Two weeks ago, she posted the banner in her official account too.
Theme Of Black Is King
According to the close circles of the Beyoncé, she has been working on this album for a year now. She collaborated with the black artists around the world for Black The King. the album is a tapestry of music videos for the Disney movie the lion king released last year. “The Lion King: The Gift” was the tag of that album. The 85-minute long musical visual treat reconstructed from the Disney classic both in its story, loosely following a young boy’s growth and ripening as a better human and his continuous search for identity, and the existential crisis he’s facing, in other words, the album was a well-crafted voice-over for the lion king movie characters Mufasa and Simba.
Beyoncé later expressed her mind on the black culture “Black is the color of my true love’s skin,” Beyoncé says early on. “Coils and hair catching centuries of prayers spread through a smoke. You are welcome to come home to yourself. Let Black be synonymous with glory.” according to Disney, the album was shot on multiple locations across the globe accompanied by the famous black artists of the century. South Africa, Belgium, and West African countries, as well as New York, Los Angeles, and London, are few known locations. Traversing and honoring the black heritage is the critical factor of black the king. Culminating the black life experiences was also visible in the album. The appearance of the Pan African flag and the male commentary voice describing the struggles with the identity crisis was exceptional and real. The lines are “When it’s all said and done, I don’t even know my own native tongue, And if I can’t speak myself, I can’t think myself. And if I can’t think myself, I can’t be myself. But if I can’t be myself, I will never know me. So, Uncle Sam, tell me this: If I will never know me, how can you?”
The album is a collaboration with an incredible pool of artists extending from Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusschere, Jenn Nkiru, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava to Kwasi Fordjour.