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The singer announced she had written, directed and executive produced Black Is King – based on the music of her soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift – last month with the release of a trailer.
Now, she has given the Beyhive a further look at what is in the Disney+ special by making the video for Already – which sees her team up with musical trio Major Lazer and Ghanaian singer Shatta Wal – available for all to watch.
The near five-minute music video opens with The Gift track Follow Me (Rafiki Interlude), performed by Donald Glover as Simba and John Kani as Rafiki.
While the interlude is playing, images are shown of dancers – some painted blue – covering their eyes with their hands before Already kicks in and Beyoncé appears.
And it’s fair to say fans are loving it...
Beyoncé released The Lion King: The Gift last year in conjunction with the photorealistic re-make of the animated Disney classic, in which she voiced Nala.
The new visual album of the songs will debut on Disney+ on 31 July, and is described as a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience”, and will “reimagine the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns”.
Beyoncé said: “With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.
“I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs. While working on this film, there were moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed, like many others on my creative team, but it was important to create a film that instills pride and knowledge.
“I only hope that from watching, you leave feeling inspired to continue building a legacy that impacts the world in an immeasurable way. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.”
Songs include My Power, Mood 4 Eva, and Brown Skin Girl, while the film also stars many of the album’s featured artists as well as some special guest appearances, including Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Black Is King is available to stream now on Disney+.