Singer Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” visual album, praised and criticized

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The visual album “Black Is King” by the American singer Beyoncé was released online on Friday on the Disney + platform. Praised for honoring the culture of the community of color, he was also criticized for his distant vision of Africa.

The film accompanies the album “The Lion King: The Gift”, released in July 2019 and inspired by “The Lion King”, live-action after the classic production of the Disney studio.

It is a story that resumes the theme of “The Lion King”, staging a young man engaged in an initiatory journey.

Beyoncé made an ambitious project from an aesthetic point of view, praised by critics.

Jude Dry of IndieWire paid tribute to the film, “saturated with stunning visual effects.”

In the context of the movement born after the death of George Floyde, the project, focused on the legacy of the community of color, has a wide resonance.

“Black Is King” is a sometimes penetrating presentation of African artists whose work combines brilliantly with that of Americans with roots on the continent, “wrote John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter.

Beyoncé invited Nigerian Yemi Alade, South African Busiswa, or Ghanaian artiste, Shatta Wale, to the project, who are more visible here than on the music album dominated by American stars.

But some have criticized the “wakandification” used by the singer in reference to Wakanda, an imaginary kingdom located in Africa where the action of the film and the comic strip “Black Panther” takes place.

The artist, originally from Houston, has, according to her critics, offered a distorted and mixed vision of Africa.

“Can anyone tell Beyoncé that Africa does not have a single culture and that we are normal people?” Nigerian Kaye Vuitton wrote on Twitter.

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