Houston | Beyoncé’s country album delights her hometown

(Houston) “We are so proud of her”: In Houston, Beyoncé fans, with cowboy hats on their heads and smiles on their faces, celebrate the release of the diva’s first country album.


In this Texas town where “Queen B” was born, a special evening was held on Friday to mark the release of the album cowboy carterthe global star’s powerful tribute to black country culture.

Roller skates, dozens of fans move to the rhythm of the album’s 27 songs, played for the occasion outdoors by a DJ.

PHOTO MARK FELIX, FRANCE-PRESSE AGENCY

Beyoncé fans skate at Discovery Green’s while listening to the album cowboy carterMarch 29 in Houston.

“She’s from the South, she’s from Texas (…) It was only a matter of time before she released a full country album! », exclaims Valeria Pasquel, participant of the event.

With this new album, the 42-year-old singer pays tribute to her origins and dusts off the image of country music reserved for white, male artists.

“Can’t a black woman make country music? It does not matter that ! Beyoncé can play any genre of music and all black women can do whatever they want,” says Lindsey Cooken, who came to skate with friends wearing a cowboy hat on her head.

PHOTO MARK FELIX, FRANCE-PRESSE AGENCY

A Beyonce fan

“Beyoncé always makes sure to remind us of that and that’s what I love about her,” the Texan continues with a big smile, “we are so proud of her.”

In 2016, the singer was targeted by conservatives after singing her country hit. Dad’s lessonsduring the awards ceremony of the association of this musical genre.

“Their new album is just brilliant,” says Lashria Hadley. “It makes us aware of the origins of country music. “A lot of people don’t know that country music started with us African Americans,” says this nurse.

Country music draws inspiration from the African American roots of the United States, particularly the banjo, used by African slaves deported to the continent and the Caribbean. But black artists have historically stayed on the sidelines.

“I really like the fact that it pays tribute to many great black artists like Linda Martell, who started in country but unfortunately were displaced,” says Austin Davis Ruiz, a public official.

“It’s probably their best album,” he believes. “I find it so thoughtful, so new and so different from anything he’s done before.”

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