Ludwig Göransson has come a long way since his days of listening to Metallica and playing guitar while growing up in Sweden. He fell in love with film music in high school, and—after studying jazz guitar at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm—he was accepted into the film scoring program at USC. There he became friends with a young filmmaker named Ryan Coogler. Together, they’ve worked on a few projects including the new film, Black Panther. Black Panther is Göransson’s biggest canvas yet. It’s a giant action-adventure superhero movie, with huge fight scenes and urban car chases. Most of it is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, which is built with stunning futuristic technology. The score is full of big themes, African musical traditions, and even more hip-hop. If you weren’t aware of Ludwig Göransson before, you sure are now.
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