World acclaimed Beyonce has been accused of stealing the visuals from her ‘Spirit and Bigger’ extended video from a film created by an African musician and his wife.
As reported by The Sauce on the 17th of July 2019, Beyonce dropped the breathtaking visuals to the anticipated soundtrack ‘Spirit’ two days ahead of the film’s release featuring her daughter Blue Ivy.
Now, a post on the Diet Prada Instagram account compares screenshots from an extended cut of the double-track video, directed by Jake Nava, to ‘La Maison Noir: The Gift and the Curse’, to a 17-minute film the artist Rharha Nembhard, directed for her husband, South African musician Petite Noir.
“Here’s a side by side comparison of The Gift and The Curse”, directed by artist @rharha_nembhard and released in May 2018,” the caption reads.
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It looks like those 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘢 costumes were just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a side by side comparison of @Beyonce 's "Spirit" + "Bigger" extended cut directed by Jake Nava vs. South African musician @petitenoirkvlt 's "La Maison Noir: The Gift and The Curse", directed by artist @rharha_nembhard and released in May 2018. With almost 2 million views on YouTube, the 17-minute film revolves around a cosmogram from Petite Noir aka Yannick Illunga's native Congo, referencing the four elements of fire, earth, water, and air. It also symbolizes rebirth. In the visual journey through the formative stages of the musician’s life, themes of resistance, migration and women’s rights are also explored. As founders of the Noirwave movement, husband/wife duo Illunga and Nembhard’s work seeks to write a new narrative of the contemporary experience, uniting all people of African descent, across the continent and beyond. Dieters and Beyhive that are about to go off in the comments, please remember to be constructive ❤️. • #beyonce #spirit #bigger #rharhanembhard #petitenoir #noirwave #southafrica #congolese #cosmogram #musicvideo #visualalbum #thelionling #jakenava #cinemtography #director #creativedirector #film #costumedesign #havasupaifalls #landscape #desert #waterfall
The Diet Prada clip comparing the two works shows that both feature dancers in similar, bright blue or orange clothing striking similar poses, Beyonce in a cowrie beaded face veil that resembles an outfit used in ‘La Maison Noir: The Gift and the Curse’, as well as scenes featuring her daughter Blue Ivy which resemble those featuring a child in the African visual artwork.
Beyonce’s new album accompanying her role as Nala in ‘The Lion King’ also has a similar name, as it is called ‘The Lion King: The Gift’.
Petite Noir’s video, which has almost two million views on YouTube, revolves around a cosmogram of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the singer’s father was a politician before being forced into exile.
It also references the four elements of fire, earth, water, and air and symbolizes rebirth, while depicting the formative stages of the musician’s life, which were spent moving around before settling in South Africa.
Meanwhile, fans worldwide are criticising the mother of three and her team for not giving credit where its due. Beyonce and the Disney team are yet to respond to these allegations.
The ‘Formation’ hitmaker isn’t the first star to be accused of borrowing imagery from a lesser-known African artist, as Kendrick Lamar and SZA settled a lawsuit brought by British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor over their music video for ‘All the Stars’, the theme track from the Marvel movie ‘Black Panther’. She claimed they had used her copyrightable stylized art motifs in her video.
Earlier in the year, Wasafi was accused by fans of copying the video concept for the hit video ‘Tetema’ which is by Rayvanny ft Diamond. This is after the WCB Boss was accused of stealing one of his 2019 hit single ‘The One’ in April 2019, The Sauce reported.