Indeed Nigerian music stars continue to dominate and feature in international collaborations.
In the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack album released on Wednesday night by American international record labels,
a good number Nigerian artistes and those of Nigerian descent were featured and they include Burna Boy, Tems, Fireboy DML, Ckay, Rema, Tobe Nwigwe and Fat Nwigwe. Other African musicians like Kamo Mphela, Busiswa to name a few are part of the production.
Rihanna’s single ‘Lift Me’ , co-written by Nigerians fast rising award -winning singer,
Temilade Openiyi known as Tems was the first to be released in the movie promotional effort.
Grammy award-winning Burnaboy, featured solo on the track ‘Alone’.
Tems performed Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ as a solo act. The song is reportedly bridged together with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
Mavins star Rema was featured on two tracks, ‘Wake Up’ with Bloody Civilian and ‘Pantera’ with Aleman.
YBNL artist, Adedamola Adefolahan known as Fireboy DML, also comes in solo on the track ‘Coming back for you.
Nigerian artist Ckay features British songwriter and singer Pink Pantheress on the track ‘Anya Miri.’
The Nwigwes, US rapper Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe (Tobe Nwigwe) teams up with his wife, Fat, on the track ‘They want it but no.’
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack album was produced by Director Ryan Coogler, composer Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis (chief creative officer at Def Jam), and Dave Jordan.
The album is released today, November 4
It was reported that Göransson spent over 2500 hours recording the score and soundtrack – which involved six studios across three continents and five countries.
Throughout the movie the audience will hear over 250 musicians, two orchestras, two choirs and over 40 vocalists.
Coogler was also majorly involved in creating the music for the film, from co-writing lyrics on the Rihanna track “Lift Me” to suggesting the cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.”
The story nspired by Nigerian and Mesoamerican cultures, had recording sessions in Lagos, Nigeria, and Mexico City, Mexico, as well as Abbey Road Studios in London.
In addition, emerging rappers and artists from Mexico City are featured on the soundtrack, including rapper Pat Boy, who raps entirely in Mayan.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year
It will be screened in the theatres on 11 November and is the sequel to Black Panther (2018), starring Chadwick Boseman, who died two years ago of Colon Cancer at 43.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever features Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War queen Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
The movie introduces Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation; the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.