#BlackStarDelight: Meet Ghanaian collaborators behind Beyonce’s #BlackIsKing film

A number of talented Ghanaian creatives worked behind the scenes on Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ film. Set to premiere on MNet on Saturday, August 1, the film is a...

A number of talented Ghanaian creatives worked behind the scenes on Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ film.

Set to premiere on MNet on Saturday, August 1, the film is a visual album inspired by ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album by the American Grammy-award winning superstar.

The album featured work by Shatta Wale and Guilty Beatz.

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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

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Samuel ‘Blitz The Ambassador’ Bazawule, artiste and filmmaker served as a co-director, David Boanuh was the Director of Photography for the scenes shot in Ghana, and Gideon Nana Akwasi Wiafe, a Creative Director, stylist and fashion model was the costume designer.

Sharifah Issaka, a Film producer and Creative Director was a producer on the project.

Kwasi Fordjour, Creative Director at the Beyonce-founded Parkwood Entertainment was a co-director, Emmanuel Adjei, a filmmaker and visual artist and Joshua Kissi, a creative director and photographer also contributed to the making of the film.

The visual album celebrates the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry by presenting elements of Black history and African tradition. It will include full-length videos for songs: ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ ‘Mood 4 Eva,’ ‘My Power’ and the Wale-featured ‘Already.’

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