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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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