Beyoncé has a flawless track record for entertainment excellence and the soundtrack she curated for the live-action adaptation of The Lion King is no exception. With an all-star ensemble featured on the big screen and musical album, we’re shining a light on the African musicans featured on the The Lion King: The Gift that are helping to bring Afrobreats to the world.
Tiwa Savage, Nigeria
Nigerian popstar Tiwa Savage was the recipient of the 2018 “Best African Act” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. She currently has two studio albums released and is not stopping anytime soon. Check her out on “Keys to the Kingdom,” the ninth song of the the soundtrack.
Mr. Eazi, Nigeria
Accompanying Tiwa Savage is superstar Mr. Eazi. Her fellow Nigerian is part of the music label Universal Africa and made a recent appearance at the 2019 edition of Coachella. Mr. Eazi is known for his dance music and in addition to his collab with Tiwa Savage, he is also featured on the song “Don’t Jealous Me.”
Tekno is a Nigerian singer-songwriter who made a name for himself in the Nigerian music scene. On top of all his accomplishments in the music industry, he recently opend up to his fans about complications with his voice. Luckily, he has since recovered and is featured alongside Mr. Eazi and Yemi Alade on the single “Don’t Jealous Me.”
Yemi Alade, Nigeria
Yemi Alade is the Nigerian popstar you need to listen to next. She won the Peak Talent Show (2009) and wrote break-out hits such as “Johnny” and “Bum Bum.” Check out Yemi Alade on the soundtrack with two featured parts on “Don’t Jealous Me” and “My Power.”
Burna Boy, Nigeria
Known for his Afro-fusion musical style, Nigerian star Burna Boy knows how to get down. He performed at Coachella in 2019 and is currently on a world tour, further exmplifying African excellence outside the continent.
The only Cameroonian on the list is known for his romantic lyrics with modern beats. Salatiel earned placements in the Pan-African final and Nescafe Musical Revolution musical contests, emerging himself in the African music industry. Salatiel is credited with one song on the soundtrack, offering his voice alongside Pharrell and Beyoncé.
If you have not heard of Wizkid, then you are missing out on the hottest artist on the Nigerian music scene. His song credits include “One Dance” by Drake and he is the stylish singer-songwriter with three studio albums which have earned numerous accolades. Wizkid sings alongside Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy on the single “Brown Skin Girl.”
Shatta Wale, Ghana
Shatta Wale can be heard alongside Queen Bey on the song “Already,” a collaboration sure to catapult his career. Before recording for the film, Wale was involved in the Ghanaian political scene as his songs were used by the most popular political parties in the country.
Busiswa, South Africa
The South African diva can certainly turn it up! Busiswa has previously collaborated with DJ Zinhle and now has the opportunity to work with other phenomenal artists. Check her out on the song “My Power.”
Moonchild Sanelly, South Africa
Also in the mix with the single “My Power” is eccentric South African artist Moonchild Sanelly. Her signature out-of-the-box look and music genre make her truly stand out from the rest of her peers. Her music is currently spreading across the world, so expect to hear her songs everywhere soon.
Listien to The Lion King: The Gift here.