Another reason to watch The Lion King, because Beyoncé has dropped a new original, ‘Spirit’ for The Lion Ling soundtrack. The original is produced by Beyoncé herself featuring “global recording artists” and is “steeped in the sounds of Africa,” according to a statement on the studio’s Instagram page. In addition to The Gift, Beyoncé who plays Nala will also be lending tune to the iconic, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ with Donald Glover who plays Simba.
“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé of the new album in a statement. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
The Jon Favreau directorial arrives in theaters on July 19.