On Saturday, Marvel Studios dropped a teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the long-awaited Black Panther sequel set to premiere nationwide in November. Marvel has now shared the Wakanda Forever Prologue EP, a three-track sampler curated by the film score’s composer, Ludwig Göransson. It opens with a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ iconic “No Woman No Cry” by Nigerian singer Tems, a rendition that plays during the recently released preview. The other two tracks are from Ghanaian artist Amaarae and Santa Fe Klan, a rapper from Guanajuato, Mexico.
The first Black Panther movie, released in 2018 and starring Chadwick Boseman in its titular role, featured a stacked soundtrack curated by Kenrick Lamar. Production of the forthcoming film was stalled when Boseman died tragically of colon cancer in 2020. It finally wrapped in late March of this year. Other than the new tape, no information has been released regarding its music.
Listen to the Wakanda Forever Prologue EP and read a statement on the mini-project from Göransson and director Ryan Coogler below.
“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.”