Alicia Keys has unveiled a brand new track “Back to life” that will appear on the soundtrack for Disney’s “Queen of Katwe”.
The Mira Nair true-life movie stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.
Set in Kampala, Uganda, the film follows 10 year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family in the impoverished area of Katwe in Kampala. She takes a liking for chess and eventually gets support from her family and community in pursuit of her dream to become an international chess champion.
“Queen of Katwe moved me in every way,” says Alicia Keys. “The film beautifully depicts Uganda with such honest attention to detail—the colours, the sounds, the people—all vividly brought to life. But most soulfully, it’s the story of this fearless, brilliant girl Phiona who embodies the message that the rise to success first begins with opportunity, and the belief you have in yourself to pursue something bigger. The song ‘Back To Life’ that I wrote for this film alongside collaborators Illangelo and Billy Walsh, is about pushing past that little voice of doubt in our heads so we can instead, electrify the world. When we allow women to find and express their power and potential, the world changes for the better. I encourage people to see this film, be moved by Phiona’s story and then go back into their own communities and encourage a girl who will rise like a flower that breaks through the concrete to see the sun!”
“Queen of Katwe” will make its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September.