As we draw even closer to Disney’s The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music and video for “Spirit“—the first single off of the film’s album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.
Beyonce unveils the official video for ‘Spirit‘ which we first heard a few days ago. It is a combination of cinematic shots of Bey in Africa paired with clips from the film, which will be out on the 19th as well as the album.
The video premiered as part of a one-hour primetime special on ABC, “The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts.” “This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa,” she told ABC News, “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.” Interspersed with scenes from the film are various set pieces featuring Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and a squadron of dancers.
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Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to “Long live the king”: Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.