Audio

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.

Politics

#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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