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Questlove Shares Details On 'Roots' TV Miniseries Remake

Questlove reveals that he wrote the theme song and is working on the score for the upcoming 'Roots' TV miniseries remake.


In July, the A+E Networks announced their remake of Roots, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley‘s multigenerational portrait of American slavery. Back then, it was confirmed that Questlove would be joining the team as the show's executive music producer to “create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night.”

As Okayplayer points out, Questlove recently spoke with Ebony in an interview in which he revealed more details about the music of the upcoming Roots miniseries. “Right now I’m doing the score. I wrote the theme," he tells Ebony. "The main score of Alex Haley’s Roots re-do is called ‘Binta’s Theme.’ Basically, they’re having this recurring motif that will somehow travel through all eras of this movie. So it starts with Kunta Kinte’s grandmother in Africa singing this to herself in the fields. And somehow this haunting melody will find its way into the psyche of whatever character."

“So I mean, it could be Kunta on the plantation in a church and he hears something like, ‘oh damn, that reminds me of that song my grandmom used to sing,’ ” he adds. “And then Chicken George and Kizzy will hear that: ‘oh man, this is what Kunta used to sing in the church.’ And there’ll be a juke joint. And then Alex Haley will hear it: ‘sounds just like the song my aunt Kizzy used to…’ And then Alex Haley’s grandchildren will be at the EDM club [laughter].”

The Roots remake will air across History, A&E and Lifetime in 2016 as a 4-night, 8-hour event and already has the likes of Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Forest Whitaker (Fiddler), and more on board.

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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