M-Net, the MultiChoice Group’s flagship channel on DStv Premium, has
acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen *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*.
The teaser and trailer about this new visual album are already taking the
world by storm.
More good news is that M-Net will bring *Black Is King* to the continent
within 24-hours of its debut on Disney+. The M-Net screening is scheduled
for *Saturday, 1 August at 20:00 CAT and 21:00 EAT/WAT*.
And, DStv customers who don’t have access to M-Net can shrug off any FOMO
(fear of missing out). As a special treat for those subscribing to other
DStv packages, the MultiChoice Group will open M-Net to DStv Compact Plus,
Compact and Family for two hours on the night that *Black Is King* arrives
in Africa. Furthermore, DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy it on
DStv Catch Up for 30 days.
“Showcasing this landmark visual album and global television event to as
many of our loyal viewers as possible, MultiChoice Group and M-Net yet
again cement their reputation as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, “says
Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO: Video Entertainment. “We’re very
excited to be part of this global event, but what makes *Black Is King* even
more important for us, is that it shines the spotlight on the many
phenomenal African creatives who were involved in the project – both on
screen and behind the scenes.”
Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa,
adds: “*Black Is King* is a powerful, relevant and timely creative and
celebratory expression of identity that we felt was important to be shared
with fans across Africa as it launched globally on Disney+. We’re thrilled
to continue the journey that started with *The Lion King*.”
Starring featured artists from the film’s music soundtrack as well as guest
appearances, *Black Is Kin*g 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.
*Black Is King* features an impressive list of diverse voices on its
creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film *Shahmaran*),
Blitz Bazawule (the film *The Burial of Kojo*), Pierre Debusschere (*Mine*
and *Ghost* videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (*BLACK TO TECHNO* film), Ibra
Ake (creative director and producer on *This is America* video for Childish
Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (*CACHAO, UNO MAS* film), Jake Nava (*Crazy in
Love*, *Single Ladies*, *Partition* videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and
long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour.
The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the
crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz,
Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.
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.
The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the
film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi
Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Academy Award®-winning actor
Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among
others. Many artists featured on *The Lion King: The Gift* album also make
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*).
For more information on this new exciting special, visit mnet.tv. To join
the conversation, follow M-Net on Twitter @Mnet (#BLACKISKING) or on the
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