Thursday, 28 April 2016

The powerful words in Beyonce's 'Lemonade' do not belong to her

Although Beyonce’s latest album, Lemonade, has generated lots of controversies, however, most of powerful words in the album do not belong to star singer. The lyrics featured prominently the poetry of London based Kenyan-born Somali writer, Shire.

Shire, who won the UK's Brunel University inaugural prize for African Poetry in 2013 and served as London's first-ever Young Poet Laureate, is said to have worked with Beyonce to adapt her poems like "Dear Moon," "How to Wear Your Mother's Lipstick," "The Unbearable Weight of Staying," and "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love" for the singer's project.

"I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing." Beyonce quotes Shire's poetry in a portion of the series labeled "Intuition." "Unknown women wander the hallways at night. Where do you go when you go quiet?

It would be recalled that in 2013, Beyonce included a portion of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDx talk about feminism in her song "Flawless."

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