Black Panther composer Ludwig Goransson confirms the return of the sequel
Production started on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with principal photography currently underway at various locations including second unit work in locations along the east coast and filming at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and it looks like work is only just beginning on the score of the film, with the return of composer Ludwig Goransson for the 2018 follow-up Black Panther. Goransson said Variety that he will compose the score for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and that he started having conversations with the film’s director, Ryan Coogler.
âI’m starting conceptual ideas and having conversations with Ryan,â Goransson said.
Goransson won an Oscar for his score for Black Panther and previously discussed the creative process behind creating the music for this film with Slash movie, including how important it was for the music to be rooted in traditional African music.
“The most important thing for me and [director] Ryan [Coogler] making the music for this film was to have the score rooted in traditional African music, âGÃ¶ransson explained. âIt was the most important thing. I actually went to West Africa right after reading the script. I said to Ryan, “The only way for me to mark this movie is to go to Africa, do my research and immerse myself in the culture.”
He continued, âIt was amazing. It was such an experience,â he shared. âI was so moved by it. But after seeing it, I immediately understood that for that the music really works, I had to use this traditional African music and all these instruments, but I also had to put in the elements of this cinematic orchestral sweep, and also the modern hip-hop production. So the hard part was to find how to infuse this traditional African music with an orchestra, while keeping African music. â
With a work on the score for Black panther 2 in its early days, it’s unclear what process Goransson will undertake this time around. As for Black Panther, the score for this film will be performed in three live performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 10, 11 and 12, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Senegalese singer Baaba Maal and a drummer ensemble Africans. The performance will be conducted by Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
âI was thrilled,â Goransson said of being approached about the project. âWhat was most important to me was that we had the right players to play this. We have the best orchestra in the world, now let’s go get the African musicians who played on the score.
“[The film] was such a big part of my life, not just my music or my career, âGoransson continued. âI was so committed, personally and musically, that I moved on to another stage in my life. So, come back to that now, revisit that, it’s going to be heavy. “
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to debut in theaters on July 8, 2022.