OSN will be the exclusive home to Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King and we couldn’t be more excited about it if we tried. Airing from the 1st of August (TODAY!!!) it will be available on the region’s leading entertainment network OSN and will arrive on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the cinema release of The Lion King.
Based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, the visual album reimagines the lessons from the Disney movie for today’s ‘young kings and queens in search of their own crowns’. OSN has said “we are thrilled to bring Black Is King exclusively to viewers in the region, through our partnership with Disney. We are sure this visual album will delight and fascinate audiences across the world and are proud to be able to bring this to viewers in the region”. Delight doesn’t quite cover it!
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I typically keep comments short and sweet, but I just watched the trailer with my family and I’m excited. please don’t get me hype “Black Is King” is a labor of love. It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose. The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. 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. This is a story of how the people left MOST BROKEN have EXTRAORDINARY gifts. Thank you to Blitz, Emmanuel, Ibra, Jenn, Pierre, Dikayl, Kwasi and all the brilliant creatives. Thank you to all at Disney for giving this Black woman the opportunity to tell this story. This experience has been an affirmation of a grander purpose. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride. Love y’all, B
Described as a ‘celebratory memoir for the world on the black experience’ Black Is King includes full-length vids for songs Already, Brown Skin Girl, Mood 4 Eva and My Power.
Black Is King has been in production for a year, and features an amazing range of diverse voices on the creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (the film The Burial of Kojo) and Ibra Ake (creative director of Childish Gambino’s This is America).
The visual album has been filmed in locations across America, Africa and Europe and features beautiful people and landscapes in New York, LA, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. Each place has enriched the diversity of the production and aided collaborations with amazing actors and dancers.
The visual album includes features from models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson (Beyonce got this gift from Tina!), Lupita Nyong’o, fellow destiny’s child Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z.
Black Is King is available to watch on the OSN streaming app from 1st August.