The Queen’s 'Black is King' is indeed King
By Waithera Mbuthia
COURTESY OF BEYONCÉ.
Rotten Tomatoes scored it absolute excellence!! 100%Tomatometer with a 93% audience score with potential to rise. Black is King indeed...or is it Queen? The new Black is King visual album by Beyoncé was released on 31st July 2020 on Disney+. We cannot do it any justice by reviewing it because it is lit, people. You need to watch it if you haven’t, and rewatch it if you have.
Black is King is about a journey of a young king cast out of his family into a harsh world,where he has to find his way back home. He goes through betrayal, love andself-identity on a journey to reclaim his throne, utilizing guidance of his ancestors and childhood love.
The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album; The Lion king-The Gift, an album curated for the remake of the movie The Lion king.
As the title suggests it is a celebration of Black people, Black culture, where we’ve come from, where we are and where we are going. It is a tribute to our ancestors. It is also about one finding out about their true self, and tracing us back to our roots.
The visuals are stunning and will keep you glued to the screen all through, from the desert, to the rivers, to the seaside. From the jungle to the castles. From the cars to the horses. There is even a Moses basket story look alike.
Let’s not forget the dance moves. Queen B got moves. It got me trying some moves with my two left feet. We also get treated to some moves, and vocals from Blue Ivy…yaaas!!!.
The album has special appearances from a number of celebrities, some from Africa and beyond.The likes of Kelly Rowland, B's best friend, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Sawage, Wizkid,Pharell Williams among others. Our very own Lupita Nyong’o is also featured.Queen B’s hubby and American rapper Jay-Z also gives an epic performance.
There are quite a number of costume changes throughout the album, which the queen seems to handle with ease and finesse.
Dialogue fromThe Lion King and poetry is used to bridge the gap between songs. The narrative loosely follows the story of Simba taking his place in the Circle of life. Allin all, this is an awesome album, more so for one trying to find their identity, and their path.
We are now spending our free time practicing the dance moves!! If you spot my girls and I at park near you, be sure to join us. Staysafe.