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Mirel Wagner Performs Haunting Ballads Live On KEXP

Ethiopian-born Finnish folk singer Mirel Wagner performs haunting ballads off 'When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day' live at KEXP.


While on tour in Seattle last month in support of her stunning new album When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, Ethiopian-born Finnish folk singer Mirel Wagner stopped by KEXP to spin her haunting ballads live on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters. Wagner, who signed earlier this year with Seattle's iconic Sub Pop, performed four songs off the record, including album openers "1 2 3 4" and "The Dirt" plus "What Love Looks Like" and "Taller Than Tall Trees." Speaking on the role of sadness in her work, Wagner recently told us:

"There’s nothing sort of wrong with melancholy. Sadness is sort of like pathetic and sort of boring. But it’s all human emotion. I find wonderful the feedback that I get when I write and perform and record these kinds of songs. Some people come to me and tell me that they can relate to these songs, and first what you sort of think is, “Oh, these songs are sad,” and so on. But the amount of people who feel that they can connect and feel while listening to these songs tells that these songs and themes, this sort of discussion, is important and necessary for people."

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is out now on Sub Pop. Watch Mirel Wagner perform four songs off the album below. For more from KEXP catch Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers play live in studio.

>>>Read: ‘But It’s All Human Emotion,’ An Interview With Mirel Wagner

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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