Wakanda Forever's music for 2022 – Rihanna featuring Tems for Nigeria; 'Lift Me Up' — This week, Rihanna's lead single "Lift Me Up" becomes the most-added song in US radio history, with the most ever single-day spins and the largest ever single-day audience.
Over 40 international artists were recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, Mexico City, London, and Los Angeles for the soundtrack to The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Among the featured artists are Rihanna, Tems, Fireboy DML, OG DAYV Ft. Future, CKay Featuring PinkPantheress, E-40, and a slew of others.
Ludwig Göransson, who has two Emmys, two Grammys, and an Oscar to his name, composed and produced the soundtrack's score as well as the original songs. His extensive experience producing artists (Childish Gambino, Adele, Haim, Justin Timberlake) as well as scoring films and television shows (Black Panther, Creed, The Mandalorian) made him uniquely qualified to oversee both parts of the soundscape.
Coogler and Göransson set out to create an innovative soundscape for their fourth cinematic collaboration, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, where Göransson says, "The songs and score are one." The two artists have talked about this approach since their days at USC Film School, and it finally became a reality with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Göransson spent over 2500 hours recording the score and soundtrack, which involved six studios spread across three continents and five countries. The audience will hear over 250 musicians, two orchestras, two choirs, and over 40 vocalists throughout the film.
From co-writing lyrics on Rihanna's "Lift Me Up" to suggesting a 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, Coogler was intimately involved in the creation of the music for the film.
"Ryan and I talked about the importance of creating an immersive journey of sound and voice," Göransson said. If we used a song in the film, it had to be the entire song and related to the story. We wanted to transition the audience from grief to celebration. You can close your eyes and relive the movie experience by listening to the soundtrack. That was the plan all along."
Because the story is inspired by both Nigerian and Mesoamerican cultures, recording sessions were held in Lagos, Nigeria, Mexico City, Mexico, and Abbey Road Studios in London. Producers collaborated with popular Lagos artists such as Tems, who has become a hotbed of musical innovation. In addition, the soundtrack features emerging rappers and artists from Mexico City, including rapper Pat Boy, who raps entirely in Mayan.
Göransson spent time in Mexico City exploring and researching Mayan music with music archaeologist Alejandro Rojas. The soundscape was created using instruments from both Nigerian and Mesoamerican cultures.
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Music From and Inspired By Soundtrack Launches Globally on November 4
With 19 original tracks and over 40 international artists, including Rihanna's new single "Lift Me Up."
TRACKLIST FOR THE BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY:
Lift Me UpPerformed byRihanna
Love & Loyalty (Believe)Performed byDBN Gogo, Sino Msolo, Kamo Mphela, Young Stunna and Busiswa
AlonePerformed byBurna Boy
No Woman No CryPerformed byTems
Árboles Bajo El MarPerformed byVivir Quintana and Mare Advertencia
Con La Brisa Performed byFoudeqush and Ludwig Göransson
La VidaPerformed bySnow Tha Product featuring E-40
Coming Back For You Performed byFireboy DML
They Want It, But NoPerformed byTobe Nwigwe and Fat Nwigwe
Laayli' kuxa'ano'onePerformed byADN Maya Colectivo: Pat Boy, Yaalen K'uj, All Mayan Winik
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