I will simply say it: Beyoncé’s new musical movie and visible album, Black Is King, is a masterpiece. Following the premiere final week, the movie acquired common acclaim and is at present the very best rated Disney+ authentic on Rotten Tomatoes. Followers and critics alike are praising the beautiful visuals and poignant storytelling concerning the African diaspora, in addition to the movie’s fashions and use of music.
For this undertaking, impressed by her 2019 Afrobeat album The Lion King: The Reward, Beyoncé tapped a number of African writers, administrators, and style designers to deliver her imaginative and prescient to life. That additionally included 22-year-old Nigerian dancer and musician Stephen “Papi” Ojo, who has a outstanding position because the “blue man” all through the movie.
This week, I FaceTimed with Stephen to search out out extra about his character and get some behind-the-scenes particulars about what it was like working with Queen Bey, instructing her his native dance strikes, just like the gbese, and the way he managed to maintain all of it a secret — till now. Learn on for extra.
BuzzFeed: First off, I’ve to say congrats on all the pieces. You have been working so exhausting and it is all paying off, so congrats to you!
Papi Ojo: Thanks!
After all, now we have to speak about your newest undertaking with Beyoncé, Black Is King. I need you to take me again to whenever you first came upon that you just have been going to be engaged on the film. How did that come about?
PO: So I bought on the undertaking first as a dancer. [Beyoncé’s team] booked me someday in the summertime of final yr to return work on “Spirit.” It was the primary music video she had dropped from her album, [The Gift]. After which from there, they simply saved calling me again to assist choreograph for various items of the songs, being that the album was extra of an Afrobeat undertaking.
They introduced me on board to point out them Afro actions, Afro dance fashion, and provides them the essential which means to the dance strikes. After which my position simply grew as time glided by. I assume they simply actually liked my vitality and liked who I’m as an individual, and [the director] blessed me with the position.