In A Rare Interview, Beyoncé Says Her Lion King Soundtrack Is A “Love Letter To Africa”

July 16, 2019  |  

European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King"

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Once we learned that Beyoncé would be voicing the character Nala in the live-action remake of The Lion King, I wondered if she would be doing any press to promote the movie. If you haven’t noticed, in the past decade or so, Beyoncé hasn’t exactly been one for interviews or media participation at all. Even in her Vogue spread last year, she submitted her own essay to be edited by the publication. There have been a couple of red carpet appearances, some Instagram captions and a brief interview during her mother’s WACO theater fundraiser.

But tonight, on ABC she’s sitting down with Robin Roberts for a special called “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to speak about the film and specifically the music she contributed to it. In describing the soundtrack for the film The Lion King: The Gift, she said:

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa. And I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa. Not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa. A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kind of created our own genre. And I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

You can watch the teaser from the special “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” this evening. During it, they’ll air the music video from Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.”

Watch tonight at 8 pm EST on ABC. The Lion King hits theaters on Friday, July 19.

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