Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album was the most-about-album in the world of entertainment in 2019 and the good thing about the album is the fact that “Already” featuring Dancehall musician, Charles Nii Armah Mensah professionally known as Shatta Wale was voted as the best track on the “Lion King: The Gift” album by readers of Billboard.com. That was a big achievement by Ghanaian musician, Shatta Wale.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter professionally known as Beyoncé finally released the album, “Lion King: The Gift” on July 19, 2019, and the good news was that she put nine (9) popular African musicians on the album to spice it up.
This article looks at the brief profiles of the nine (9) top African musicians Beyonce featured on her worldwide trending album “Lion King: The Gift”.
The nine (9) top African musicians featured on the album were, Shatta Wale (Ghana), Salatiel from Cameroun, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanely from South Africa. In Nigeria, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tekno and Mr Eazi made the list.
Moonchild Sanelly: She is a South African musician known for the creation of “Future Ghetto Punk”. She is with the record labels ‘Just Music’ and ‘Universal Music (Pty) Limited’.
She has songs such as “Guestlist”, “Dance like a girl”, “Cut the cake”, “Red Eye”, “Ma Kiss and Pop”, “Go Starring”, “Fox with That” and other hit songs.
Her albums are “Rabulapha” and “Gegemu”. Moonchild Sanelly featured on the song “My Power” on Beyonce’s “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Busiswa: Originally known as Busiswa Gqulu is a South African Singer, Poet and Songwriter.
The 32-year-old mother of one has albums such as “Never Stop Dreaming”, “African Sexy (The birth of Popra Music)”, “The Birth of Mpumi”, “Soul Therapy” and others.
She has also released hit songs such as “Weh DJ”, “Ngoku”, “Jam”, “Syashelela”, “Welcome to Kalawa”, “Goduka”, “Nonke” and a host of them.
Busiswa was featured on the song “My Power” on Beyonce’s album, “Lion King: The Gift”.
Mr Eazi (Oluwatosin Ajibade): He is a Nigerian Ghana-based singer and songwriter whose works have been recognized worldwide looking at the prestigious awards he has won and various nominations.
Mr Eazi has produced hit songs such as “Leg Over”, Open and Close”, “Suffer Head”, “Skin Tight” and several others. He can boast of albums such as “Show Off Riddim”, “Riddim Kollection: Kantana”, “Feelings Riddim” among others.
Beyoncé featured Mr Eazi on the song “Don’t Be Jealous” and “Keys to the Kingdom” on the “Lion King: The Gift” album. Mr Eazi’s smart approach to the music business in the African music industry is loved by many and has helped him reach where he is now. He’s a business-minded musician.
Tekno: Originally known as Augustine Miles Kelechi is a Nigerian Producer, Performer, Dancer who can boast of albums such as “Sector Trance”, “Urban Heartbeat”, “The Urban Pulse”, “African Dance Time” and many others in his music career.
28-year-old Tekno Miles is signed to the record label “Made Men Music Group”. He was featured on the song “Don’t Be Jealous” on Beyonce’s album “Lion King: The Gift”. This feature took Tekno’s music career to another level of greatness.
Yemi Alade: Born Yemi Eberechi Alade is one of the few Nigerian female musicians with international recognition. Yemi Alade is the creator of albums such as “Mama Africa”, “King of Queens”, “Black Magic” and a couple of others. Yemi Alade got featured by Beyonce on the song “Don’t Be Jealous” on the “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Tiwa Savage: Tiwa is a versatile Afropop, R&B and Soul musician with an international acknowledgement. The Universal Music Group signee, Tiwa Savage, has to her name hit songs such as ‘All Over’, ‘Ello Baby’, ‘Get It Now’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Bad’ and many others. Tiwa Savage did some magic on the song “Keys to the Kingdom” on Beyonce’s “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Burna Boy: One of the top and controversial Nigerian musician featured on Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu widely known in the music scenes as Burna Boy.
He is an Afro-fusion singer and songwriter who has won international awards such as the Black Entertainment Awards (BET). At the 2019 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre in the United States, Burna Boy was crowned as the Best International Act. Burna recently released an album titled “African Giant” which got him a Grammy nomination.
Burna Boy got featured on the song “Ja Ara E” on Beyonce’s “Lion King: The Gift” album which did well on YouTube.
Wizkid: Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is a Nigerian superstar known worldwide for pulling a massive crowd at international concerts and festivals. He’s got himself a couple of international music awards. Talk of the Black Entertainment Awards (BET) and others.
The 30-year-old was featured by Beyoncé on the song “Brown Skin Girl” which has also become one of the best and most-streamed songs on Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album. The music video of “Brown Skin Girl” has recorded 30 million streams on YouTube six months after its release.
Shatta Wale: Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah is one of the top musicians in Ghana with a huge fanbase known as the Shatta Movement.
Shatta Wale has won awards such as the ‘Artist of the Year’ accolade at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) and other awards in Jamaica and other African countries. He won the Highlife Song of the Year (My Level) and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (Gringo) at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. His feature on Beyonce’s “Lion King: The Gift” album happens to be the biggest collaboration in the history of the Ghanaian music industry.
Shatta Wale was tipped to be the first Ghanaian musician to win a Grammy Award after he was featured in an article on the official website of Grammy Awards as a result of his most-talked-about collaboration with superstar Beyonce. Shatta Wale’s international recognition can be credited to Beyonce putting him on her album.
Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album took over the African music scenes obviously because she put the above top African musicians on it.