Marvel officially revealed the first full trailer for the upcoming sequel to Black Panther, titled Wakanda Forever. The trailer has revealed a lot about the movie – including a new threat and some returning characters – but what was missing was T’Challa, whom Marvel refused to recast after Chadwick Boseman’s death. Now, a lot of pain could be seen in that trailer with a very sad rework of a very famous old song. What song was it? Keep reading to find out!
The song from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer is a slower adaptation of Bob Marley’s song “No Woman, No Cry”. Originally, it was a reggae song performed by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The song was recorded in 1974 and released on the studio album Natty Dread. Today, the song remains one of Marley’s most enduring hits.
The rest of this article is going to focus exclusively on the song from the trailer, i.e., “No Woman, No Cry”. The symbolism of this song for the upcoming movie is great, as well as the fact that it has been reworked as a slower and sadder version of of the original song. We’re going to tell you all the details and also provide you with the original recording of the song.
What song is in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer?
Before we reveal everything, let us quickly go over the trailer once more:
No woman, no cry, you say? Well, it does sound familiar, no? Well, there’s a reason for that, as “No Woman, No Cry” is a very famous song from the 1970s, originally performed by Bob Marley and the Wailers. We are now going to tell you a bit about the song, its history, the recordings, as well as a recording of the original version sung by the legendary Marley himself.
“No Woman, No Cry” is a song by Bob Marley, whose writing is credited to Vincent Ford. It appears on the album Natty Dread (1974), but it is the version from the album Live!, released as a single in August 1975, that remains the most famous and will become a worldwide success.
Bob Marley may have written the song or the melody but would have given the song credits to his childhood friend Vincent Ford (1940-2008) in order to ensure the survival of his soup kitchen, located in Trenchtown, the ghetto where Marley grew up. Another version has it that he credited his childhood friend so as not to pay royalties to Danny Sims, owner of Cayman Music, with whom he had signed a contract in 1968.
It should be noted that three other songs – “Crazy Baldheads”, “Roots Rock Reggae.” and “Positive Vibration” – were also credited to Vincent Ford. The title comes from a Jamaican expression, “no woman, nuh cry” which in Jamaican Creole means: “woman, don’t cry” (and not “no woman, no tears”). The lyric is rendered “No, woman, nuh cry” in Jamaican patois. The “nuh” is pronounced with a short schwa vowel (a “mumbled” vowel, often represented as “uh” in spelling) and represents a clitic (“weakened”) form of “no”.
The song is partly inspired by the time when Bob Marley spent his time in Vincent Ford’s yard with Rita Anderson (later to become his wife Rita Marley) and some friends in the Trenchtown ghetto. In a July 24, 2012 interview, Rita Marley confirmed this version: “In this song, Bob tells about our life in Trenchtown. We had nothing except our feet to walk on.”
This song has been covered in particular by Byron Lee, Joe Cocker, Boney M, the Fugees, Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, Tapper Zukie, Rancid, Sean Kingston, Londonbeat, Gilberto Gil, Dubmatique, Joss Stone, Joan Baez, I Muvrini, Xavier Rudd, Yeshe. The American-French singer Joe Dassin also integrated into his repertoire in 1978.
A French version was also written by the lyricists Pierre Delanoë and Claude Lemesle which, while retaining the music, but without the reggae rhythm, modifies the meaning of the lyrics. In these, “If you think of me” (which is also the title) replaces “No woman no cry” at the time of the chorus. Dassin also performed a version in Spanish, titled “Si tu me extrañas”. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 37th greatest song of all time.
As you can see, the influence and historical importance of this song is enormous. This is why we thought that you should definitely find out more information about this song and we have provided you with everything you need to know. “No Woman, No Cry” is a true classic and a song for all generations that absolutely needs to be appreciated, regardless of when you were born or where you’ve heard it. It also has a very symbolic meaning related to the plot of the upcoming sequel movie.