‘Black Panther’ Composer Infuses Score With Trove of African Sounds

After being assigned to score a film with a far-flung backdrop, most composers would do a little research to try to add the appropriate atmosphere.Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish-born composer who was charged with scoring Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie and has worked with director Ryan Coogler on all of his films, didn’t just visit a university library or look at YouTube videos: He spent a month in Africa.The result was life-changing, he tells Variety: “I came back with a totally different idea of music, a different knowledge.

The music that I discovered was so unique and special.

[The challenge was] how do I use that as the foundation of the entire score, but with an orchestra and modern production techniques — infuse it in a way that it doesn’t lose its African authenticity?”Coogler says his composer (who also scored “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed”) returned from his sojourn with “amazing” material.

“We were really

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