The Lion King promo train is in overdrive ahead of its arrival in theaters on Friday. Leading the charge is Beyoncé, who premiered the music video for “Spirit,” a new original track from the film’s soundtrack and Bey’s The Lion King: The Gift LP.
The music video aired during ABC’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight with Robin Roberts special, which featured behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast, producers and directors of the original film, its Broadway show and the live-action remake.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa 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,” Bey told ABC News.
“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said, adding that the album uses “a lot” of drums and “incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America.”
Bey voices Nala in the CGI live-action remake. 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. She will also release The Lion King: The Gift on Friday (July 19th). The album, curated and executive produced by Mrs. Knowles-Carter, features new tracks and guest spots from JAY Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Blue Ivy Carter and more. See the complete track listing below.
The Lion King: The Gift:
01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”