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Beyoncé’s new visual album, Black Is King, based on the music created for The Lion King will premiere on M-Net August 1

Praise Queen Bey, M-Net has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen her new visual album, Black Is King across Africa. 

The film by Beyoncé, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift from last year’s release of Disney’s The Lion King.

More good news is that M-Net will bring Black Is King to the continent within 24-hours of its debut on Disney+, with their screening scheduled for Saturday, 1 August at  20:00 CAT and 21:00 EAT/WAT. 

Also, DStv customers who don’t have access to M-Net can shrug off any fomo because they’re opening it up to DStv Compact Plus, Compact and Family for two hours on the night that Black Is King arrives in Africa.

Starring featured artists from the film’s music soundtrack as well as guest appearances, Black Is King tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. Guided by his ancestors, father and childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.

Thus, it reimagines the lessons of last year’s The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.

The film was in production for a year, with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity. Filmed in various locations, the film’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium.

From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the film’s rich tableau and vibrant choreography.

Among the well-known Mzansi stars featured in Black Is King are Connie Chiume (Gomora), Nandi Madida (The Road), Nyaniso Dzedze (Binnelanders) and Warren Masemola (The River).

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