Musings on Movies, Music, and Television (dedicated to Steven H. Scheuer and John N. Goudas)
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Black Panther Original Score (2018), by Ludwig Goransson
Panther is one of the absolute best Marvel
Cinematic Universe movies and certainly the most unique, and its
corresponding soundtrack is definitely the best of the bunch.
Goransson has created music that is every bit as remarkable as the
movie it underscores, especially in its visceral, life-affirming
revelry of African sounds and rhythms.
Based on his personal, firsthand research into and study of African musical traditions, Goransson structured his compositions around indigenous vocals, tribal chants, and exotic ethnic
instruments, especially drums and percussion (Police drummer Stewart Copeland
employed a similar process for his
groundbreaking 1985 Afro-pop/rock album The Rhythmatist).
result is an incredible, epic work of Afrocentric world music fused
with hip techno and electronica and rousing, soaring symphony
"Wakanda," "Warrior Falls," and the
last four tracks of the album are excellent, perfectly capturing the film’s interwoven themes of family, honor,
Black Panther score is not only the cream of the crop of
Marvel and superhero movie soundtracks, but it also ranks among the most memorable
film music of all time.