The global entertainment industry has seen an increase in the inclusion of Nigerians in acclaimed projects such as Black Panther – Wakanda Forever. The sequel to Blank Panther saw Nigerian artistes work alongside a-listers – Rihanna, OG DAYV Ft. Future, PinkPantheress, and E-40, with some of the soundtracks recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to the movie director, Ryan Coogler, and the songwriter and producer of most of the tracks, Ludwig Emil Tomas Göransson, the collaboration was to create a blend of different cultures.
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 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.”
With this in mind, the movie uses musicians and instruments from Africa and Mexico alongside American and British rappers and singers. In Nigeria, here are some of the Nigerians who featured in the Black Panther – Wakanda Forever.
Damini Ebunoluuiwa Ogulu, also known as Burnaboy, is a Grammy award-winning Afrobeats, Raggae, pop and dancehall Nigerian artiste featured on the soundtrack of Black Panther – Wakanda Forever. The African Afrobeat singer Burna Boy wrote and performed the ‘Alone’ soundtrack. The soundtrack came third in the Marvel blockbuster movie. The production credit for the song goes to music producers P.Priime and Ludwig Göransson.
Besides this milestone in his career, Burnaboy has also worked with artistes such as Justin Bieber, Jon Bellion and Ed Sheeran. His track ‘My Money, My Baby’ also featured on Queen and Slim’s soundtrack album.
Temilade Openiyi, the first female Nigerian artist to receive Best International Act (BET) and the first to debut at no 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, is also on the soundtrack of the Blank Panther sequel.
The award-winning and internationally acclaimed artiste co-wrote Rihanna’s single ‘Lift Me’. the Nigerian artiste also performed Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ as a solo act. She bridged the song together with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright.’
Adedamola Adefolahan, known as Fireboy DML, featured on the Sequel with his solo ‘Coming back for you’. The YBNL artiste wrote and performed the song, which serves as the 9th track on the 19 tracks of the Black Panther – Wakanda Forever and produced by P.Priime and Ludwig Göransson.
Fireboy DML’s song ‘Scatter’ in his debut album ‘Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’ was included in the FIFA 21 game soundtrack.
The Nigerian singer Chukwuma Ekweani with the stage name Ckay sang the song ‘Anya Miri’ in collaboration with British songwriter and singer Pink Pantheress for ‘Anya Miri’. On the tracklist, the song came 13th and was produced by Ludwig Göransson and P.Priime and brought to life through the perfect harmonising of the song by the two international artistes.
With years of experience on his sleeve, the fast-rising Nigerian artiste has one of the biggest Afrobeats records in the world.
The Jonzing World star Divine Ikubor also known as Rema featured on two tracks. He was featured on ‘Wake Up’ with Bloody Civilian and ‘Pantera’ with Aleman. The soundtrack album was produced by the film’s director Ryan Coogler alongside the composer Ludwig Goransson, Archie Davis, the chief creative officer at Def Jam, and Dave Jordan.
Apart from his collaborations with international artistes, his songs were also included in the FIFA 2021 soundtracks.
Tobe and Fat Nwigwe
The American rapper of Nigerian descent Tobechukwu Dubenm known as Tobe Nwigwe, in collaboration with his wife Martica, known as Fat, featured on the soundtrack with the single ‘They want it but no’. The song came 10th on the tracklist and was produced by Ludwig Göransson and Ngawang Samphel.
In aligning with the movie, the track is a heavily percussive, uptempo statement of standing firm in the face of opposition. This is, however, not the Houston rapper’s first gig in the Hollywood arena. Tobe co-starred with Mo Amer in the Netflix series ‘Mo’ and was featured in the upcoming 2023 ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.’
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