Beyoncé’s unapologetic love letter to blackness is a triumph

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Beyoncé’s unapologetic love letter to blackness is a triumph

Her ‘Black Is King’ album uses music, clothing, colour and dance as vehicles to celebrate the glory of Africa

Funiwe Mkele

Beyoncé’s latest visual album, Black Is King, is a triumph, and in true Beyoncé fashion there was much anticipation for the project, released on Disney Plus. The film is a love letter to black people, Africa and its many cultures and traditions.

Appreciation for the continent was shown in the use of landscape, clothing, colour and dance.

The film opens to scenes of a river as the words of Mufasa ring out: “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures ... We are all connected in the great circle of life.” This is the beginning of a central theme of interconnectedness and community, which could not come at a better time as the globe fails to come together to fight Covid-19...

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