Beyonce is embracing Africa in a major way.
Queen Bey announced ‘Black Is King’ – her Disney+ movie – and has touted the production as a love letter to the Motherland.
Naturally, millions across the region greeted the news with excitement – but also threw up the questions surrounding how they could watch. As Disney’s streamer isn’t yet available on the continent.
Well, as reported, Team Bey have struck a deal to bring ‘King’ – which features hundreds of African talent – to African screens.
Now, further details have been unveiled. Join us below…
Per African media giant MNET, ‘Black Is King’ will air August 1st (one day after its Disney debut). In an unprecedented move, the film will be made available free-to-watch on channels that are typically premium:
M-Net will screen @Beyonce’s #BLACKISKING across Africa on 1 Aug at 20:00! That’s within 24-hours of its debut on @disneyplus. And for this special screening, @MultiChoiceGRP will open #MNet101 to @DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family & Access! Read more: https://t.co/vdkWAyCbA8 pic.twitter.com/ZS2sTPSiY7
— M-Net (@MNet) July 20, 2020
In a statement, Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO said:
“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.
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.”
The distribution deal was announced to make ‘Black Is King’ available on much of the African Continent, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon, Cape Verde and many more countries.