“Spirit” is the first track of Beyonce’s compliation album “The Lion King: The Gift,” which she calls her “love letter” to Africa.
Beyonce’s music video for "Spirit" from Disney’s "The Lion King" is here and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
The video, which dropped during ABC News’ primetime special "The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight" with Robin Roberts Tuesday night, not only features stunning visuals, but it also includes a cameo by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who stole the show.
In the music video, which was filmed in Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Beyonce is seen alongside incredible dancers as hit their choreography in front of the beautiful scenery, which included a crystal-clear waterfall. The singer, who had 12 outfit changes, donned almost all the colors of the rainbow with her colorful, majestic ensembles.
Towards the beginning of the video, Blue Ivy made her entrance in a stunning, lavender gown. Grabbing her mother’s hand, Blue Ivy is seen striking a pose alongside Beyonce and the dancers. And just like that, a star was born!
Also featured in the video were multiple clips from the upcoming live-action "Lion King," in which Beyonce voices Nala.
During her interview with ABC News Tuesday, Beyonce told Roberts about the inspiration behind the music video.
"The concept of the video is to show how God is the painter, and natural beauty in nature needs no art direction," she said. "It’s the beauty of color, the beauty of melanin, the beauty of tradition."
She added, "It was important that we weren’t just inspired by Africa but that we actually included and learned from the motherland."
"Spirit" is the first track off Beyonce’s compilation album "The Lion King: The Gift," which features artists like Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell. The singer’s husband Jay-Z is also on the album, as well as Blue Ivy.
"This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa 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," Beyonce added to ABC. "I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa."
"A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kind of created our genre," she continued. "And I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind, it’s a soundscape, it’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film."
According to Beyonce, the original cartoon version of "The Lion King" was the first Disney film that made her cry.
She explained, "It’s not many films that the parents can go and feel the way I feel about I feel about The Lion King and…pass that legacy on to their kids."
"I grew up watching The Lion King," she added. It’s the first Disney movie brought me to tears."
"The Lion King" roars into theaters on July 19. "The Lion King: The Gift" compilation album drops the same day.
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