Saturday, July 23, 2022. San Diego. California. 5 p.m. Local time. Marvel Studios will meet their fans in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center for a “mega panel”. A preview of their upcoming movie releases. To put the public in the bath before the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November. Baaba Maal made an appearance with great pomp.
This year, the Disney Branch worked hard as a… – I would be tempted to say that she worked like a Negro because most of the actors in the film we are about to talk about are of African origin. But I’m going to do in the politically correct way – like a madman. One thing is certain: the next films in the Marvel cinematic universe will reach stratospheric levels. There will be: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, She-Hulk, … The list goes on. Black Panther was a resounding success. Named in seven categories for the 2019 Oscars, it becomes the first superhero film named for the Best Film Award. Among the Oscars is one that was awarded to two big names in film music: Ludwig Göransson and Baaba Maal. The film was huge. What about the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? Wait and see!
If you’ve ever watched Black Panther, no doubt you heard his voice on the soundtrack of the movie. His name is Baaba Maal. He’s from Senegal. He’s a singer and guitarist. And he has a unique voice. With composer Ludwig Goransson, he wrote the notes, with the percussions, and put down his voice. You know! This African warrior song we hear in the heavenly stratosphere of Wakanda. Marvel Studios, under the brilliant direction of director Ryan Coogler, will be back in November 2022 with a new version called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. And this version will have all the brilliance of the first one. See the trailer!
At the preview of Marvel Studios on July 22, 2022, a happy fever seized Hall H when Baaba Maal made an entrance. It was quite a fuss. He was wearing a wonderful, richly embroidered bazin. He is greeted with applause from the audience. With his troupe of percussionists and dancers, all African, he made the room vibrate. An acoustic and traditional music that took audiences from San Diego to the shores of the Senegal River. Dance music. It was obvious that the great Senegalese singer aroused the curiosity of the public. The man had placed his voice on the soundtrack of the first Black Panther. A sad point. This preview was made without our late Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 of colon cancer. He played the role of the superhero in the first part. His youthful passion and tenderness will be missed in this film.
Wakanda is a dystopia. An imaginary, technologically advanced Africa that has kept its cultural values intact. As an African, we love Black Panther because this film shows us hope. A hope that feeds our imagination.