Accra (@Afriquinfos 2020) – American singer Beyoncé’s highly anticipated “Black is King” was unveiled on Friday July 31. Highly praised for its celebration of black culture in full movement of ‘Black Lives Matter’, the project saw the participation of many African artists including the Ghanaian rapper Shatta Wale who collaborated on the track “Already” which in a few days, cumulates just 8 million views on YouTube!
Critics are raving about Queen B’s “Black Is King”. The ambitious project inspired by the film “The Lion King” released in 2019 and focused on black heritage, receives a particular echo on the African continent . “Black Is King is a sometimes penetrating presentation of African artists whose work blends brilliantly with that of Americans who have roots on the continent,” wrote John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter. Beyoncé has indeed invited many African artists to this project. The Nigerian singer Yemi Alade, her compatriot Wizkid, the South African Busiswa or the Ghanaian artist Shatta Wale, who are much more visible than on the album, dominated by American stars. Shatta Wale poses in particular on the title “Already” concocted in collaboration with Major Lazer and the American star Beyoncé. Already more than 8 million views on YouTube for this track, in the space of a few days.
The presence of Shatta Wale alongside Beyoncé is obviously well received in her country of Ghana. Many local showbiz actors see it as an opportunity for other Ghanaian artists. This is the case of rapper Opanka who on a local radio said: “First of all, I want to congratulate Shatta Wale on this huge success. This is a big victory for Ghanaian music and it would make the world pay much more attention to Ghanaian music and open doors for other musicians ”. And to continue: “It is important that other musicians look to the creation of great productions to help make Ghanaian music flourish,” concluded the young rapper.