Beyonce & Jay Z's OTR II Tour Poster Pays Homage To A Classic Senegalese Movie

We're sure that by now, you've heard about Beyoncé and Jay Z's second On The Run tour and if you're anything like us, you can barely contain your excitement. In typical amazing yet extra Beyoncé fashion, the pair released an announcement video, which draws inspiration from a classic Senegalese movie, Touki Bouki.

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At the end of the short video soundtracked by Marcia Aetkin's "I'm Still In Love With You," Jay-Z and Beyoncé are seated on a motorbike with a bull's horned skull above the handlebar – which is in direct reference to the poster of Touki Bouki, a classic Senegalese film from 1973. 

Touki Bouki directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty film follows the love story of Mory, a charismatic cowherd who drives a motorcycle mounted with a bull-horned skull and Anta, a female student he met in Dakar. The pair is tired of the struggle life in Senegal, and steal money and clothes to raise money to escape Senegal to Paris so they can start new lives. 

Touki Bouki was wildly popular at the time, and today is considered a Senegalese classic. It was shown at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.

Given that one of Beyoncé and Jay Z's earliest songs "03' Bonnie & Clyde" paints them as criminal lovers, this reference makes sense. Two years after their original On The Run tour, Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, an iconic surprise album which addressed her husband’s infidelity, to which Jay Z responded with the repentant 4:44 a year later. 

Any seasoned Beyoncé fan should expect new music from her anytime soon- our guess is that the pair will drop a joint album just after she performs at Coachella. Even if she doesn't, judging by their two emotive albums, On The Run II is bound to be a vibe.

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By Damilola Animashaun, publish on 13/03/2018