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Listen to Alicia Keys' New Song 'Back to Life,' Written for the ‘Queen of Katwe’ Film

Disney’s upcoming 'Queen of Katwe' film gets a soundtrack from Alicia Keys with "Back to Life."

Disney’s upcoming Queen of Katwe film, which follows the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, already boasts the star power of Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga under the direction of Mira Nair.


Today the movie’s gotten another star on board (for the soundtrack) with Alicia Keys’ new song “Back to Life,” which the singer wrote for specially for Queen of Katwe.

The new track kicks off with piano, swaying guitars and a subdued melody before shifting gears into a synth-backed dance beat.

Its second half ends up moving towards the sonic world of Keys’ previous single “In Common,” which saw her taking cues from afrobeats and recently got remixed by Black Coffee.

“The minute I saw Queen of Katwe, a song was being written in my head ? ,” Keys wrote on her Facebook page.

Listen to “Back to Life” above. Queen of Katwe arrives in U.S. theaters on September 23.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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