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This is How Zambian Words and Accents Made Their Way Into 'Black Panther'

Zambian actor Patrick Shumba Mutukwa tells us how he got Zambian references into the movie of the year.

In many of the interviews for the Black Panther movie Chadwick Boseman explains that during the pre-production process there was a lot of debate about what accents should be used in the film, and how it was important to him that an African accent be used to make it more organic and authentic.

In an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show The Daily Show Boseman was quoted as saying,

"I knew that the African accent can carry that passion in the film just as much as a British accent can, if not better."

Fortunately, thanks to some great storytelling and an unintended case of eavesdropping by director Ryan Coogler, Patrick Shumba Mutukwa, a Zambian actor hired on the film as an extra to be one of the border tribe members, had the opportunity to contribute aspects of Zambian culture that ended up being in the film.

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