Beyonce released the official tracklist for ‘The Lion King: The Gift”on July 16 featuring Donald Glover, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, Blue Ivy and many more! But the name Salatiel appearing as a co-writer and performer on the 7th track titled ‘Water’ [featuring Pharrell Williams and Beyonce] is every-thang! (Listen to Water above)
Salatiel is the only Cameroonian to feature on Beyonce’s new album but isn’t the only African musician to do so. He’s joining the likes of Nigeria’s Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Ghana’s Shatta Wale to make Beyonce’s epic pro-African album.
“I wanted to make sure we found the best talents from Africa… and not just use some of the sound… but i wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” Beyonce told Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive first interview about her album (Watch video below)
There had been no news about Salatiel adding his songwriting and singing skills to the album prior to Beyonce‘s official unveil but the producer who hardly talks gave a hint on Facebook on July 15 when he wrote:
Salatiel is household name; his music style and beat arrangement are easily recognisable by most Cameroonians. To most, he’s a revolutionary in the music industry; but the truth is the singer and songwriter is a jack-of-all-trade and a master of all. One might ask how so? Well, for his work to be approved by the Queen Bey says quite a lot.
Being a music producer, businessman and a performer, Salatiel has managed to maintain all three, while remaining relevant and an inspiration to many producers in and out of his country.
Congrats to the High Man General !!!
Watch Beyonce’s Interview on Entertainment Tonight below: