Disney has unveiled an upcoming documentary series, titled Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever, which will delve into the musical elements of the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The series is set to premiere on Disney+ on February 22nd, 2023. However, some fans of the movie have branded this move as “unethical,” claiming that Disney+ is milking the popularity of Black Panther to gain more subscribers.
Black Panther- Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever addresses a pivotal turning point for the kingdom of Wakanda, as they are forced to confront the sudden and tragic loss of their beloved leader, T’Challa, portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman. With Wakanda in turmoil, the film follows the valiant efforts of Princess Shuri, Queen Ramonda, spy Nakia, and general Okoye as they strive to preserve their nation and fend off outside invaders, including those from the underwater society of Talokan, led by Namor, portrayed by Tenoch Huerta.
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As the characters navigate the aftermath of T’Challa’s death, they are forced to confront the weight of their inheritance and the responsibility of carrying on his legacy, imbuing the film with a more contemplative and somber tone, in contrast to the celebratory spirit of the original.
The film’s soundtrack follows in lockstep, trading the fireworks and scope of the Kendrick Lamar and TDE-led Black Panther The Album from 2018, for something more intimate but no less devoted to intercultural exchange.
Voices Rising: The Music Of Wakanda Forever Coming Soon To Disney+
Voices Rising will feature interviews with the cast and crew, including director Ryan Coogler and producers Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, as well as the composers, music artists, and sound engineers who worked on the movie. It will also showcase an original score from Ludwig Göransson, in addition to original music on the soundtrack such as Tems’ cover of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry and Rihanna’s Born Again. Also on the soundtrack are several incorporated songs performed by an array of international artists from South Africa, Mexico and Nigeria, notably Burna Boy, Snow Tha Product, E-40, Stormzy, Fireboy DML, Tobe Nwigwe, Future, PinkPantheress and several others.
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Set to premiere on Disney+, the documentary is an ambitious project that could potentially lead to more subscribers for the streaming service.
The reaction from fans
Fans of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have had a mixed reaction to Disney+ releasing a documentary about the making of the music for the movie. A segment of Marvel fans have branded this move as “unethical,” claiming that Disney+ is milking the popularity of Black Panther to gain more subscribers. An user expressed his disagreement to the sountrack being that impressive
Don’t remember the music being that impressive.
— Sven (@LumiereEtoile) January 15, 2023
Another user thought the soundtrack was amazing but was not impressed by the movie itself
Amazing Soundtrack…. pitty the film, just like the first, was horrid.
Marvel really did my favourite Marvel Hero, Black Panther, dirty.
— – Untitled – (@SouredApplePro) January 14, 2023
On the other hand another user wrote how he found the movie insufferable and its not a smart move to release the documentry.
Christ, the film was insufferable enough on its own. All they’re doing now is adding insult to injury.
— J (@staunnin) January 15, 2023
Some even thought Voices Rising was a PR Stunt for people of colours to fall for and called it an example of Cultural Appropriation.
Black people about to fall for this PR
— รiɾ 𝚅𝚎𝚕𝚊 (@lex_vel4) January 15, 2023
Another user trashed Disney, stating the lack of good movies and shows and filling the platform with documentries and behind the scenes.
Disney is by far the worst streaming platform. Just like a dozen good shows/movies and then nothing but half assed Nat Geo docs and behind the scenes stuff like this.
— Terry McMc (@Oxwem) January 14, 2023
While some fans say its unethical, others are excited for Voices Rising and view it as a way to honor the people of color that worked on the movie. Some have even pointed out that the documentary is a great way to extend the life of the movie.
Voices Rising is sure to be an interesting insight into the amazing music behind Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and could potentially help to extend the life of the movie.
Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever will release on Disney+ on February 22, 2021.