‘Soy,’ a First Glimpse Into Mesoamerican Mythology of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
“Soy,” translating to “I Am,” was released as part of a three-song EP for the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Monday, July 25.
Santa Fe Klan has mastered the hip-hop sonidero sound, and now the Mexican rapper is fusing it with a cinematic bass in his latest track “Soy.”
“Soy,” translating to “I Am,” was released as part of a three-song EP for the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Monday, July 25. It follows Tems’ version of the 1974 original “No Woman No Cry” and “A Body, a Coffin” by Ghanaian singer Amaare.
A rap ballad about love, life and loss, Santa Fe Klan jumps in with hard-hitting verses that make the film’s message loud and clear: ‘A new day will come, a new world it will be…. I am water, I am sky, I am fire. I am wind, I am air, I am strength. I am earth, I am war.’
The track serves well as an anthem to Namor the Sub-Mariner, teased briefly in the trailer as the villain to the Black Panther sequel.
Known as Marvel’s first comic book superhero, Namor is played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta. In the comics Namor is half-human, half-atlantean, but the monarch of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis will no longer be from the underwater kingdom of Atlantis in the film. Instead, the Marvel Cinematic depiction of Namor will be based on the mythical Aztec paradise Tlālōcān.
In a press statement regarding the EP, the film’s director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Goransson described Wakanda Forever Prologue as an “aural first glimpse” into the “sound world for the film,” born out of the pair’s “extended trips to Mexico and Nigeria.
Between the flashback sequences and the Aztec-inspired costumes, Nomar’s true stance in the fight against Wakandians remains to be seen. Still, “Soy” alone offers a promising sneak peek into the film’s heavy Mesoamerican presence, embodying the spirit of an army of warriors and a lyrical prowess that speaks to a misunderstood underwater kingdom.
“We are not hidden…. we are waiting” (Klan, 2022).
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