Queen Bey has unveiled the music video for Spirit, which features in Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King, and boy is it powerful.
The actress and singer lends her voice to the character of Nala in the movie, directed by Jon Favreau and featuring talents like Donald Glover, John Oliver, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary and James Earl Jones.
Beyoncé told ABC News's Robin Roberts that the video's concept is “to show how God is the painter and natural beauty in nature needs no art direction."
Tune in to “The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts” tonight at 8|7c on ABC to get an exclusive look at the film and see the world premiere of @Beyonce’s music video for her new song “Spirit”. pic.twitter.com/Y2wmZ9GLAt
— The Lion King (@disneylionking) July 16, 2019
She added; “It’s the beauty of colour, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition.”
Clips from The Lion King are interspersed within the video, which sees the icon sitting in the desert wearing an array of colourful gowns.
Her seven-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, also makes a cameo in Spirit, looking every inch the image of her stunning mum.
Spirit is just one song off Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift album, which accompanies the film. Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams also add their talents to The Gift.
Mood 4 Eva contains the vocal talents of hip-hop legend Jay-Z while Brown Skin Girl sees Blue Ivy add her voice.
Beyoncé described the soundtrack as a “love letter to Africa, adding: “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."
She continued; “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”
Beyonce confirmed that drums will be used heavily on the work, as well as “incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America”.
The Lion King: The Gift will be released on July 19, alongside the film landing in cinemas. Watch the awe-inspiring video for Spirit below, and try not to gasp at every outfit change like we did;
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