The Gift: Nigeria Takes Centre Stage on Lion King Album

It is no longer news that the original soundtrack album of Lion King‘s remake was executive produced by Beyoncé herself, who also voiced the character of Nala in the film. It is also not news that the album titled The Gift, features a handful of Nigerian musicians.

Among these artists are Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, and Yemi Alade. Although there are other African artistes on the album, the number of Nigerians far outweigh them.

The Gift: Nigeria Takes Centre Stage On Lion King Album

In the same vein, the tracks featuring some Nigerian artistes are drawing a lot of attention online. One of such tracks is ‘Brown Skin Girl’ featuring Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, and our very own Wizkid. It is a song that fuses reggae and Afrobeats sounds in a very appealing outcome. Besides the fact that the song celebrates black skin and black heritage, people are also intrigued by the seamless compatibility between Beyoncé and Wizkid on the song.

Another song on the album currently drawing attention is Burna Boy’s ‘Ja Ara E’. It features Burna Boy alone, making him the only solo artiste on the album besides Beyoncé. ‘Ja Ara E’ presents Burna Boy comfortably doing his bit in his signature slow Afrobeat sound. Can’t say it isn’t beautiful.

The Gift: Nigeria Takes Centre Stage On Lion King Album

Yemi Alade, however, is drawing attention for an entirely different reason: scanty lyrics. The female Nigerian singer is being trolled, by mostly Nigerians, for saying very little on the track in which she is featured alongside Tekno and Mr. Eazi. The song is titled ‘Don’t Jealous Me’ and isn’t a bad song either.

In the end, Nigerians are delighted to be fully represented on this international project because it will further make our music known globally. We might even be on the radar for a Grammy, or two. ?

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