But let’s turn our attention to the soundtrack. Remember the heyday of accompanying soundtracks that left indelible marks on your music collection? Let’s say that the soundtrack producers Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan understood the assignment. From beginning to end, the soundtrack is a melodic, eclectic sonic ride through Wakanda and Talokan.
Covering influences from both African and Indigenous backgrounds, Wakanda Forever is a blissful audible journey. Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winner Göransson spent over 2,500 hours recording the score and soundtrack. The project involved six studios across three continents and five countries with over 40 artists. Incredible. There are many standouts on the album, each artist bringing their special sauce to the mix.
Each track transposes you right back into the scene it complements in the film.
You may shed tears or have a two-step in the middle of your living room. We were introduced to the stunning “No Woman, No Cry” cover by Tems in the viral trailer.
The heartwrenching “Alone” by Burna Boy will turn you out emotionally alongside Fireboy DML’s “Coming Back For You.”
For a change of tempo, the Latin vibe on “La Vida” by Snow The Product, intertwined with a verse by Cali’s E-40, is repeat-worthy, as is “Love & Loyalty (Believe)” by DBN Gogo, Sino Msolo, Kamo Mphela, Young Stunna and Busiswa.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the enchanting, record-breaking pièce de résistance of “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna.
Wakanda Forever will transport you with every lyric, instrument, artist and bassline. This one is tight and not to be overlooked by any means.
ByBlacks Rating System:
BBBB Extremely Good
B Don't bother listening