In 2020, lead actor in the “Black Panther” film and overall Marvel franchise, Chadwick Boseman, passed away from colon cancer. It sent shockwaves throughout the industry and the world because of how beloved he was in that role. The sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” is set to release on November 11. To honor Boseman, Director Ryan Coogler commissioned a song to be composed for the film.
Coogler tapped into Nigerian singer/songwriter and Grammy-Nominated artist Tems to co-write the song. Rihanna, Coogler and the film’s composer Ludwig Göransson, who also produced the track, all have writing credits as well. The track called, “Lift Me Up,” is a gorgeous ballad with sounds from the piano, highlighted with strings and the harp.
In a press release about the song, Tems shared this:
“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life,” she said. “I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
Watch the incredibly beautiful tribute below.
RIP Chadwick Boseman 🕊