‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – Listen to the Album ft Rihanna, Tems, Burna Boy and more.
It’s no news that the highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s iconic movie, Black Panther, is coming soon. Ever since the release of its first official trailer on October 3, 2022, fans all over the globe have remained excited especially following the release of several snippets and sound tracks.
Ahead of the film’s theatrical release, Roc Nation Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Hollywood Records have shared the details of the movie’s soundtrack album.
Here’s all you need to know about the iconic album
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever album houses 19 tracks and 40 artistes from all over the world. Given the story is inspired by both Nigerian and Mesoamerican cultures, recording sessions were set up in Lagos and Mexico city, as well as Abbey Road Studios in London and Los Angeles. The soundtrack was produced by Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis, and Dave Jordan and released via Roc Nation Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Hollywood Records.
While in Mexico City, Göransson worked closely with music archeologist Alejandro Rojas to explore and research Mayan music. Instruments native to Nigerian and Mesoamerican cultures were featured in the soundscape creation. Over the course of the film, the audience will hear more than 250 musicians, 2 orchestras, 2 choirs, and over 40 vocalists.
1. Lift Me Up Performed by Rihanna
2. Love & Loyalty (Believe) Performed by DBN Gogo, Sino Msolo, Kamo Mphela, Young Stunna and Busiswa
3. Alone Performed by Burna Boy
4. No Woman No Cry Performed by Tems
5. Árboles Bajo El Mar Performed by Vivir Quintana and Mare Advertencia
6. Con La Brisa Performed by Foudeqush and Ludwig Göransson
7. La Vida Performed by Snow Tha Product featuring E-40
8. Interlude Performed by Stormzy
9. Coming Back For You Performed by Fireboy DML
10. They Want It, But No Performed by Tobe Nwigwe and Fat Nwigwe
11. Laayli’ kuxa’ano’one Performed by ADN Maya Colectivo: Pat Boy, Yaalen K’uj, All Mayan Winik
12. Limoncello Performed by OG DAYV featuring Future
13. Anya Mmiri Performed by CKay featuring PinkPantheress
14. Wake Up Performed by Bloody Civilian featuring Rema
15. Pantera Performed by Alemán featuring Rema
16. Jele Performed by DBN Gogo, Sino Msolo, Kamo Mphela, Young Stunna and Busiswa
17. Inframundo Performed by Blue Rojo
18. No Digas Mi Nombre Performed by calle x vida and Foudeqush
19. Mi Pueblo Performed by Guadalupe de Jesús Chan Poot
Producers and Directors
Ludwig Göransson (2 Emmys, 2 Grammys, and 1 Oscar) composed and produced both the score and the original songs on the soundtrack. Ryan Coogler and Göransson set out to create an innovative soundscape where Göransson says, “The songs and score are one.” Both artists have talked about this approach since their days attending USC Film School and finally made it a reality with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Ludwig Göransson reportedly spent over 2500 hours recording the score and soundtrack in six studios across 3 continents and five countries. Ryan Coogler was intimately involved in the creation of the music for the film, from co-writing lyrics on the Rihanna track “Lift Me Up” to suggesting the cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” performed by Nigerian singer/songwriter Tems and bridged together with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” for the film’s instantly viral trailer.
Göransson said, “Ryan and I talked about the importance of creating an immersive journey of sound and voice. If we used a song in the film, we wanted it to be the entire song, and to be connected to the story. Thematically, we wanted to move the audience from grief to celebration. When you listen to the soundtrack, you can close your eyes and relive the experience of the movie. That was the intention.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in U.S. theaters on November 11, 2022.
Listen to the stellar album below: