Pop star Beyonce has made Africa smile after the release of a song, Spirit, featuring lyrics in Kiswahili that is part of The Lion King movie.

The lyrics are words that are praising the king of the juggle that is chanted  at the beginning of the song says,

Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme (long live the king)


The track, which Beyonce co-wrote along with IIya Salmanzadeh and Timothy McKenzie, is an original composition for the movie’s soundtrack, Variety reported.’

It is included on the album which will be released on July 19, the day The Lion King opens in theatres.

Speaking about the compilation, Beyonce said in a statement:

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.

In a tweet, that included an image of Beyonce with her character Nala, Disney described the new album as ‘featuring global artists & steeped in the sounds of Africa’.

Spirit has an inspirational theme and African beats and the lyrics include:

Saying rise up to the light in the sky, yeah. Watch the light lift your heart up. Burn your flame through the night. Woah, spirit. Watch the heavens open, yeah. Spirit, can you hear it calling? Yeah.

The movie, which along with Beyonce and Glover also stars James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard and John Oliver, is the hottest ticket of the summer.

Now you have an even better reason to watch The Lion King.

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