American singer, songwriter and actress, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter popularly called Beyoncé finally released her much-talked-about album, “Lion King: The Gift” on July 19, 2019, and fortunately, she featured nine (9) top African musicians across the African continent.
Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album is currently the most-about-album in the world of entertainment and the good thing about the album is the fact that one of the songs titled “Already” featuring Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall musician Shatta Wale has been voted as the best song on the album according to polls conducted by Billboard on their official website, Billboard.com.
This article looks at the brief profiles of all the nine (9) top African musicians featured on Beyoncé’s worldwide trending album “Lion King: The Gift”.
The nine (9) top African musicians featured on the album are, Shatta Wale (Ghana), Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr Eazi all from Nigeria, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanely from South Africa and Salatiel from Cameroun.
Brief Profile of Shatta Wale: He is originally called Charles Nii Armah Mensah Junior and popularly known as Shatta Wale. He is a popular Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall musician who’s mostly in the news over controversies with other musicians in Ghana and Africa especially Nigeria.
Shatta Wale in his music career can boast of winning several prestigious awards such as the ‘Artist of the Year’ award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) and others across Africa. At the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, he won the Highlife Song of the Year (My Level) and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (Gringo).
He became the man of the moment in the Ghanaian entertainment industry after news of his historic collaboration with Beyoncé on her “Lion King: The Gift” album broke.
Shatta Wale has been 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 historic collaboration with Beyoncé.
Wizkid: Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is a Nigerian superstar who is known worldwide for headlining international concerts and features. Wizkid has won several prestigious international awards including the Black Entertainment Awards (BET) and others.
The 29-year-old was featured by Beyoncé on the song “Brown Skin Girl” which has also become one of the best songs on Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album. The song “Brown Skin Girl” has recorded 14.9 million views on Google’s video-sharing platform YouTube since it was published on July 23, 2019.
Burna Boy: Another top Nigerian musician featured on Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu professionally known as Burna Boy.
He is an Afro-fusion singer and songwriter who can also boast of international prestigious awards such as the Black Entertainment Awards (BET). Burna Boy won the Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards held in the United States of America (Microsoft Theatre). He recently released an album titled “African Giant” which is making waves on the African continent.
Beyoncé featured Burna Boy on the song “Ja Ara E” on her “Lion King: The Gift” album and it has recorded 1.8 million on YouTube.
Tiwa Savage: She is originally known as Tiwatope Savage with stage name Tiwa Savage. She is an Afropop, R&B and Soul musician with international recognition.
Tiwa Savage who was born on February 5, 1980, is currently signed onto Universal Music Group, an American global music corporation. Tiwa Savage can boast of hit songs such as ‘All Over’, ‘Ello Baby’, ‘Get It Now’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Bad’ and a host of them.
Beyoncé featured Tiwa Savage on the song “Keys to the Kingdom” on the “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Yemi Alade: Born Yemi Eberechi Alade is one of the few Nigerian female musicians known on the international music scene. Yemi Alade is credited with albums such as “Mama Africa”, “King of Queens”, “Black Magic” and others.
Beyoncé featured Yemi Alade on the song “Don’t Be Jealous” on the “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Tekno: Born Augustine Miles Kelechi is a Producer, Performer, Dancer and Nigerian with albums such as “Sector Trance”, “Urban Heartbeat”, “The Urban Pulse”, “African Dance Time” and many others.
The 26-year-old is currently signed onto the record label “Made Men Music Group”.
Beyoncé featured him in the song “Don’t Be Jealous” on her worldwide trending album “Lion King: The Gift”.
Mr Eazi: 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. He is originally known as Oluwatosin Ajibade and he is 28 years old.
Mr Eazi is credited with songs such as “Leg Over”, Open and Close”, “Suffer Head”, “Skin Tight” and several others. He has albums such as “Show Off Riddim”, “Riddim Kollection: Kantana”, “Feelings Riddim” and 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 is causing a revolution in the African music industry with his tact approach to the music business.
Busiswa: She is originally known as Busiswa Gqulu and she is a South African Poet, Songwriter and Singer.
The 30-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.
Beyoncé featured her on the song “My Power” on the album “Lion King: The Gift”.
Moonchild Sanelly: She is a South African musician and dancer who has created her own music genre called “Future Ghetto Punk”. Her record labels are ‘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”.
Beyoncé featured Moonchild Sanelly on the song “My Power” on her “Lion King: The Gift” album.
Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album has taken over Africa for the simple fact that she featured the above top African musicians on her record-breaking 14 track album.