“You got my blood in you and you’re gonna rise,” Beyoncé sings on Bigger. It is the opening song of a surprise new album that offers a glimpse of one of pop’s most intriguing possible futures: the global rise of new Afrobeats.
The Gift is a quixotic compilation of tracks curated by the US superstar and marketed alongside Disney’s Lion King remake, and is described by Beyoncé as a “a love letter to Africa.” Alongside Beyoncé herself, an A-list of black American hip hop artists (Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell and Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z) have lent their talents, collaborating with an impressive cast of singers, rappers and producers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa. ...
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