After the release of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser trailer at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday, Marvel Studios has just released the Wakanda Forever Prologue EP.
Listen on your preferred music service or experience the songs in stunning visualizations:
The most prominent song on the EP is the incredibly powerful cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “No Woman No Cry”, performed by Nigerian artist Tems.
The project is produced by Oscar®, GRAMMY® and Emmy®-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, and also features “A Body, A Coffin” performed by Ghanian artist Amaarae and “Soy” by Mexican rapper Santa Fe Klan.
The official tracklist is as follows:
- “No Woman No Cry” – Performed by Tems; Written by Vincent Ford
- “A Body, A Coffin” – Performed by Amaarae; Written by Ama “Amaarae” Serwah Genfi, Ludwig Göransson, Joel Mason “Maesu” Tanner, Kwame “KZ” Kwei-Armah Jr. and Jephte “Kyu” Steed Baloki
- “Soy” – Performed by Santa Fe Klan; Written by Ludwig Göransson and Angel Quezada
It’s unclear if more songs will be added leading up to the film’s release.
To cap the release of the EP, both Ryan Coogler and Academy Award winner Göransson explained their inspiration behind this film’s music:
“This Prologue is an aural first glimpse of Wakanda Forever. The sound world for the film began with extended trips to Mexico and Nigeria. We spent our days working with traditional musicians who educated us about the cultural, social and historical contexts of their music. We built a catalogue of instrumental and vocal recordings with them that explored both traditional and non-traditional uses of their musical material. During the nights on these trips, we had recording sessions with contemporary artists who were akin to the characters and thematic material explored in the film. Using the script as a blueprint, along with the recordings from the traditional musicians, we began to build a musical vocabulary for the characters, storylines and cultures. The instrumental score and soundtrack for Wakanda Forever both organically grew from these sessions and workshops. They are conceived together as a singular entity to create an immersive and enveloping sound world for the film.”
Ryan Coogler will once again direct the feature with the core cast from the film also returning. Aside from Wright, confirmed cast members include Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross The film will mark the debut of Dominique Thorne as the character RiRi Williams aka Ironheart.
Previous reports had listed Daniel Kaluuya as one of the cast members returning. It is unknown if his character will be revisited in the various Wakanda spin-offs in development.
Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta was finally confirmed to be playing Namor in the film at this year’s Comic-Con convention, while I May Destroy You‘s Michaela Coel has also been cast as Aneka, the Dora Milaje’s instructor.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows Queen Ramonda (Bassett), Shuri (Wright), M’Baku Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) as they 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 Dog Nakia (Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
The film hits theaters November 11, 2022.