In case you somehow hadn’t heard, JAY-Z and Beyoncé are hitting the road together once again this summer for their ‘On the Run II’ tour. The announcement (in typical Knowles fashion) was heralded by some lush visuals, including a poster featuring America’s true fist couple straddling a skull-adorned motorcycle. It turns out this striking image came from a niche source of inspiration: the surrealist 1973 Senegalese film Touki Bouki, a landmark of African cinema.
As pointed out by photographer of their tour poster Ejatu Shaw, JAY and Bey clearly took cues from the revered piece of cinema. Roughly translated to Journey of the Hyena, Touki Bouki is a highly surreal depiction of a motorcyclist, the love of his life, and a herdsman attempting to escape to Paris from Senegal’s capital of Dakar. Check out a clip from the film below:
Head here for full info on JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On the Run II’ tour and let us know what you think of the poster in the comments below.
In other music news, dancehall legend Sister Nancy gave an interview revealing her thoughts on both JAY-Z and Kanye sampling her iconic “Bam Bam”. See what she had to say here.
- Imagery: @beyonce / Instagram