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Beyoncé’s Black is King rolls out

Beyoncé’s ‘visual album’ Black is King

New ‘visual album’ Black is King from US singer Beyoncé is set to roll out from July 31 on pay TV platforms across Africa.

They include MultiChoice’s DStv service, Canal+ Afrique, the new Disney+ video streaming service and also M-Net, flagship channel of MultiChoice. This is made possible due to the distribution deal Disney signed with MultiChoice’s M-Net and Canal+ Afrique.

The film was produced in a year and is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, the studio album Beyoncé released alongside Disney’s 2019 CGI remake of The Lion King.

It reimagines the lessons from the new version of The Lion King for children and features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusschere, Jenn Nkiru, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch and Jake Nava, as well as co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé Kwasi Fordjour.

Other cast members include international African models like Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, actress Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z, among others.

Additional co-directors and second unit directors add to the crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.

According to Beyoncé, the Black is King film was a labour of love and was researched, filmed and edited in the past year.

“It was originally filmed as a companion piece to The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry,” she said.

“The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our real history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books.

“With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy. My only goal is that you watch it with your family and that it gives you pride.”

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. It will be viewed by audiences in Africa including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon, Cape Verde and other countries.

Although an official trailer for the film has been released by Disney, the screening dates and times on the African pay platforms have yet to be announced.

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Canal+ Afrique expands reach in Africa

French pay TV operator Canal+ Group’s Canal+ Afrique has partnered with satellite operator SES to penetrate new markets and bring ultra-HD channels to African communities.

David Mignot

The move is in response to the rising rate of TV consumption in West Africa, which has led to demand for more choice, improved local content and premium video quality.

In 2002, Canal+ partnered with SES to replace the NSS-7 satellite that provided limited coverage in West Africa. It later revamped the SES-4 satellite footprint, which reached more audiences in the region.

By 2018, the pay TV operator increased its reach to approximately 40% of TV households in the region, with a line-up of more than 200 channels, radio stations and services. The Canal+ Afrique platform also has the largest HD offering in Africa at more than 50 channels.

David Mignot, CEO of Canal+ Afrique, said: “Canal+ Afrique and SES had been looking into how to expand the market and deliver additional and improved services to African audiences and, through this collaboration with SES, Canal+ Afrique expects to be rolling out ultra HD-programming within the next three years.”

In related news, SES has named Frank Esser as chairman, replacing Romain Bausch.

“I am honoured to be elected chairperson at this important and exciting time for our company with SES being in a great position for further development,” said Esser.

“I am delighted to be joining the board with several new directors who will each bring strong competencies, complementing those of the rest of our board colleagues. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Romain and his contribution, commitment and ongoing service to SES with his continued presence as a director.”

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