American songwriter, record producer, and superstar Beyoncè has just released her new film/visual album ‘Black is King’ and we are loving it!

The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album curated by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King which featured several African artists including Ghanaian Dancehall Artist Shatta Wale and beat-maker Guilty Beatz.

Beyoncé celebrates African Culture On Black Is King
Beyoncé celebrates African Culture On Black Is King

The visual album, presents elements of Black History and African tradition, with the universal message Black is King.

Many African creatives, producers, and stylists played a huge part in putting together this incredible masterpiece celebrating black history and African tradition.

We have compiled a list of these creatives who deserve accolades for a job well done and expressing through their work, the excellence of the African continent.

Nigerian creatives include Ibra Ake, Meji Alabi, Dafe Oboro, Muhammad Atta, KC Obiajulu, JM films, Logorofafrica, and Daniel Obasi.

Ibra Ake is a Creative Consultant/Writer who collaborated with Donald Glover to produce the Grammy Award-winning Childish Gambino.

MEJI ALABI is a director & photographer based in London, UK.

Dafe Oboro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, casting director, and visual storyteller.

Muhammad Atta is a Nigerian Creative Director and Cinematographer

KC Obiajulu is a creative photographer and Cinematographer

Daniel Obasi is a Nigerian-born art director, stylist, and photographer whose works birth a certain idealism to Afrocentric concepts.

Creative Director & Co-director: Ibra Ake 

Co-Directors: Meji Alabi & Dafe Oboro

Assistant Stylist Daniel Obasi

Ghanaian Creatives featured are Samuel Bazawule (Blitz The Ambassador), Emmanuel Adjei, Kwasi Fordjour, Joshua Kissi, David Boanuh, Nana Kwasi Wiafe, and Sharifah Issaka.

Blitz the Ambassador, is a Ghanaian hip-hop artist, filmmaker, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY served a co-director.

Emmanuel Adjei is a Ghanaian-Dutch filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has explored the realms between film, music video, and art installation with a primary interest in storytelling.

Kwasi Fordjour is Creative Director at Parkwood Entertainment. Parkwood Entertainment is an American management and entertainment company founded in 2008 by singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles.

Joshua Kissi is a Ghanaian-American creative entrepreneur specializing in photography and creative direction, based in New York City.

David Boanuh is a Ghanaian filmmaker and a graduate of Ashesi University in Ghana served as the Director of Photography for the Ghanaian portion of Queen B’s new film.

Nana Kwasi Wiafe is a Ghanaian international fashion model, stylist, and creative director. who was a costume designer for the film.

Sharifah Issaka, a Ghanaian-based film producer and creative director served as a producer.

South African Creatives who contributed to the film are Mmuso Maxwell

Warren Masemola

Connie Chiume

Nyaniso Dzedze

John Kani

Sheli Nyathi- Masondo (styling and wardrobe design)

Gemaén Taylor

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