The new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been released, and Sampa the Great has proudly celebrated her music being featured in it.
The Zambian rapper’s song ‘Never Forget’ was given the huge honour of soundtracking the clip. The song’s outro, which memorably contains traditional African chanting and rhythms, plays as the original Black Panther cast are introduced again, opposite the film’s new villainous threats.
And Sampa rightly celebrated her achievement. “Can you imagine! Me … A Non billboard charting ass, No huge awards having ass, non Viral video ass, No Sold out Arena tour having ass Independent artist, Whose song is on a Black Panther Trailer! This how God works. Thankful!!” she wrote on Twitter.
‘Never Forget’, which featured guest turns from Chef 187, Tio Nason, and Mwanjé, is the third track on Sampa’s second studio album As Above, So Below, released last month to wide acclaim.
The follow-up to her 2019 award-winning debut The Return, the album reached number 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart. As Above, So Below was recorded in Zambia after Sampa relocated there from Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The album explores the future of Africa’s relationship to the world and its global communities, as well as honouring its history.
“As Above, So Below is more personal than communal. The literal meaning is what is within me, is what is expressed outside of me,” Sampa said about the album. “After years of feeling like I had to represent and be an ambassador for everyone, I finally feel like I get to be an ambassador and fully represent myself.”
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, and the final film in Phase Four of the MCU. Following Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death, the new trailer has teased switching the story focus from King T’Challa to Letitia Wright’s Shuri. The sequel is set to be released in the U.S. on November 11th.
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