5 Gifts From Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift

5 Gifts From Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift

Claudia Maddaluno · 10 months ago · Music

We didn’t need another proof of Beyoncé’s enormous talent but the fact is that every time she releases something, she raises the bar much higher and we are forced to review the size of her talent.

It happened last time with Homecoming, the Netflix docu-film on the Beycella experience through which Queen Bey taught us the cultural importance of the African American community, conveying a strong message in an exquisitely pop show.

She did the last giant step with The Lion King: The Gift album entirely produced and edited by herself to accompany the release of the Disney’s live-action remake of Lion King in which she gave the voice to Nala, alongside Childish Gambino in the role of Simba.

The 27-track album features short dialogues taken from the film and a number of stars like Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Major Lazer, Pharrell, 070 Shake as well as some of Africa’s most significant musicians.

On The Lion King: The Gift Beyoncé continues the undertakings of Homecoming, embodying and evoking what being black truly is: pride, strength and natural beauty.
Beyoncé describes The Lion King: The Gift as “a love letter to Africa”, a new tribute to the blackness in which, thanks to the collaboration of African musicians such as Wiz Kid, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage, we are able to breathe deeply the “spirit” of the African land.

As is clear from its title, this album is a gift, indeed it contains a series of gifts (to Africa, to Blue Ivy, and to future generations). So here are the best gifts from The Lion King: The Gift album.

“MOOD 4 EVA”

The track that features her husband JAY-Z as well as her Lion King co-star Childish Gambino opens with a sample from the Malian songstress Oumou Sangaré from the song called Diaraby Nene. “MOOD 4 EVA” is produced by Just Blaze and Dj Khaled, and despite the features, Beyoncé sets the rules and the mood of the song.
She raps around a tropical beat instrumental with incendiary bars like “I am Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, I am the Nala, sister of Naruba, Osun, Queen Sheba, I am the mother” reminding us who she is.

“Spirit”, the Oscar-winning song

“Spirit”, the first single off of her album, is an Oscar-winning song.
It’s absolutely epic, exciting and full of tension and could definitely consecrate Beyoncé as a pop Queen, giving her the victory at the next Academy Awards.
This is the only piece in the film’s soundtrack that was not produced by Elton John but by Beyoncé herself (along with Timothy McKenzie and IIya Salmanzadeh) who seems to have written it for the Oscar prize.
Hearing her powerful and heavenly vocal on this song lets us come nearer to the Paradise.

The fashion-filled visual for“Spirit”

“Spirit” is accompanied by an evocative visual that through a series of images, situations and looks enhances the natural beauty of the African territory and its people.
Beyoncé looks so beautiful in each of the 12 outfits styled by Zerina Akers, and blends perfectly with the colors of the background. The soft lines are a triumph of sensuality because the style mixes the tribal with the luxurious, the eccentric with the essential.

Africa conquers U.S.

It’s incredible that one of the most influential female singers in the world is engaging with the African sounds to “open a big crack” in the American streaming industry.
The meeting between U.S. and Africa reminds us the hit movie’s soundtrack Black Panther: The Album, produced by Kendrick Lamar. Similar to Black Panther-inspired album, The Lion King connects regional genres with the American rap, featuring globally recognised talents alongside underestimated African musicians in order to make the Spirit of Africa even more authentic.

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.”

So the rap and the tribal rhythms, the American music stars and the African artists, as well as the American designers and the Senegalese brands mix to talk about a spectacular and culturally alive Africa.

The Blue Ivy’s debut on “Brown Skin Girl”

Beyonce’s little lion Blue Ivy made a cameo in the video for “Spirit”, wearing the same outfit of her mother and that had already made us crazy. But hearing her voice on the album gave us the death blow.
Brown Skin Girl” is such an emotional song because it’s an ode to the black females: “Brown skin girl/ your skin just like pearls/ the best thing in the world / I’d never trade you for anybody else”. That’s why this song has an important message to the young girls of today and tomorrow.

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Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

While everyone is taking pictures of him working, while everyone is asleep he takes pictures. I’m talking about Andreas Levers, a photographer based in Potsdam who spends his nights in the streets of the city trying to capture their most mysterious and dark side. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about his series At Night, but after three years we were very happy to discover that Andreas didn’t get tired of this magical subject and kept shooting. 

The nights that attract the photographer the most are those dark, cold nights when the fog falls and covers the top floors of the skyscrapers and allows you to see only what is really close to you. The rest remains a mystery, amplified by the white lights of the street lamps and neon lights, unable to penetrate the mist. 

But while the light, of course, cannot reveal what is beyond the visible, our mind has already embarked on a fantastic journey: like Andreas Levers, we too walk in the dark, trying not to be seen, as if we were following someone, or as if someone were following us. 

The calm, the awareness of being alone, the only awakenings surround us and accompany us once again in scenarios that never lose their charm.

We hope that At Night will never end, that like us can’t wait to see the next picture, Andreas Levers can’t wait to go down the street, when the city falls asleep and the magic becomes reality. 

Check out the new shots from the At Night photo series below and to stay up to date on Andreas Levers’ work go to his website and follow him on Instagram

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Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Giordana Bonanno · 6 days ago · Photography

Friday is here, again, and this weekend we’ll have some time to dedicate to our favorite hobby: watch a movie. If you run out of ideas don’t worry, you won’t waste time because we have already chosen The Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie that everyone has seen once in their life, but two are always better than one.

It’s certainly Wes Anderson‘s most intricate and interesting film and most likely also the director’s aesthetic and narrative masterpiece. It won nine nominations at the Oscars in 2015, triumphing in the categories “Best Costume”, “Best Set Design“, “Best Makeup” and “Best Soundtrack”; at the Globe, instead, the film won as “Best Comedy or Music”.

(Still undecided whether to watch it?)

The story is certainly as bizarre as the characters in it, sometimes so intricate that it seems impossible to get out of it, yet there’s nothing impossible inside that mysterious hotel because everything is suspended in a surreal, earthly world.

Wes, with the director of photography Robert Yeoman, creates every single scene taking into account the most imperceptible details in order to produce perfect images even in the pause; the color choices are his strong point, all the films have a palette of reference so as to conquer memorability among the memories of anyone who has already seen them.

Colors play an important role since they determine two types of scenes: for the harmonious and calm ones the selection of soft and pastel colors prevails, while the pressing and alienating ones they appear under strong color combinations. Needless to say that photography represents the key element in the cinematographic realization and needless to say that in this Wes is its master.

There is no doubt: his aesthetic and artistic imagination is unique, but there are those who, letting themselves be inspired, have built their photographic work on a chromatic choice and framing at the limits of precision. This is the case of Teresa Freitas, a young Portuguese photographer who, through her shots, shows us common scenes with meticulous attention to the elements that build them, proposing something that perhaps we have already seen but never through this perspective.

Did you know: for the outdoor shots of the hotel Wes used a 3-meter-high scale model, made entirely by hand because if this had been done on the computer, in the director’s idea, it would have appeared to the audience too offset from reality.

Film: Comedy
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

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London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Photography

When we think of London, we immediately think of a city with chaotic rhythms, frenetic and tireless, like any self-respecting modern capital. Because of the pandemic, however, everything came to a sudden halt almost suddenly.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following in the footsteps of his illustrious colleagues all over the world, has frozen the entire city until at least June, waiting for the contagion curve to slow down.

The English photographer Jan Enkelmann decided to document the deafening silence of his city, never seen before.
So on 23 March, the night the lockdown was announced, the photographer climbed on his bike to admire deserted London, never seen like this in 20 years of his life. A few weeks later, he took his camera with him and decided to capture the whole thing.

Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @davidecannavo, @carla_sutera_sardo, @eyepyre, @m_streetphoto, @kei_scampa, @_hartemis, @matteotriola, @userid019, @wonmin.9, @erikaconlaci.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on next InstHunt.

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