Swahili lyrics in Beyonce’s new song for Lion King movie
Globally acclaimed pop star Beyonce has released a song featuring lyrics in Kiswahili, one of Africa’s more widely spoken languages. The song, Spirit, is part of The Lion King: The Gift album produced by the American star and will be used as a soundtrack to Disney’s new version of the classic movie Lion King. The song’s intro features words in Kiswahili, that are saluting the king. Uishi kwa mda mrefu flame, a voice chants twice at the start of the song.
The phrase translated in English means Long live the king. About the album The album which is set to be released on July 19, the date of the global release of the film, will feature the work of several African producers, according to Beyonce. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me, Beyonce said in a statement. The statement adds that the album is ‘steeped in African influences from various corners of the continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African Diaspora.