Latest News MEDIA

New Musica: Beyonce’s ‘4’ Rock Inspired With African Beats

When Beyonce‘s latest single “Girls (Who Run The World)” leaked last month, fans were surprised to hear a new edgier sound from the songstress. Although the reviews were somewhat hit or miss on the reportedly unmixed track, Bey candidly admitted toBillboard mag that her fourth solo LP 4 is a brand new direction, largely inspired by her newfound musical freedom.

After taking over a year off and splitting with her manager dad Matthew Knowles in March, Beyonce credited her exposure to the arts during her prolonged vacation as a catalyst for her riskier repertoire.

“I’m approaching 30, and finally took a break in my life, which I’ve never had. I took more than a year off: I traveled around, spent time with my husband, woke up in my own bed, ate whatever I wanted, went to museums and Broadway plays, watched documentaries, and just had life experiences. I never get to go to concerts because I’m usually performing, so I saw so many shows – great bands, like Muse and Rage Against the Machine, that also inspired the album. At this point, I really know who I am, and don’t feel like I have to put myself in a box. I’m not afraid of taking risks – no one can define me.”

One Broadway show in particular, coincidentally produced by the singer’s husbandJay-Z, had a profound effect on 4.

“I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. I started off being inspired by [Afrobeat music pioneer] Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from “Fela!” [the hit Broadway musical based on his life] for a couple of days, just to get the feel for the soul and heart of his music; it’s so sexy, and has a great groove you get lost in. I loved his drums, all the horns, how everything was on the one. What I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: he just felt the spirit.”

While a release date hasn’t been set for 4 as of yet, Bey did drop by the Sony Music offices this week to preview 5 songs off the forthcoming album, so a 2011 release seems likely.

 

 

By Simone Hilliard

Advertisement

Advertisement

ZayZay.Com Newsletter!

Be the first to hear,
first to see, first to win!

Don’t worry, we really hate spam.
Your email is safe. 🙂