With the release of the album “The Lion King: The Gift,” Beyoncé literally flung herself into the spotlight. Come on, she has always been in the spotlight, but the recent release of her album makes for concentrated focus.
She calls the album a love letter to Africa, and with the album itself peopled by many Africans, one just cannot begrudge her that observation. She is right in many senses. And yes, I need not interrogate them here.
As I had observed elsewhere on the site, “The Lion King: The Gift” is Beyoncé‘s “African album,” thanks to the robust cast of Africans it plays host to, from Wizkid to Yemi Alade to Shatta Wale…
Yeah, Shatta Wake was the one Beyoncé tapped for the belter “Already,” one of the tracks you may well describe as instantly engaging, likeable – a track that speaks to your spirit and you find yourself having a deeper conversation with it.
Y’all know Shatta Wale, mastermind of “Ginger,” “What Deh Go On” and many others, calls himself Africa’s dancehall king? And he has just featured in “The Lion King: The Gift” album… Besides indirectly validating his claims to kingship in African dancehall, it also beams him to the world as one of the best musicians in Ghana, although he may not have a sack full of awards.
It is not known how he got selected. But then as a music buff has observed down here, this feature has more than extended Shatta Wale‘s bragging rights as a musician.
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