The nation of Wakanda is one faraway land that we all increasingly wish were real. From the Diasporic deliciousness of the tribes to the women who own their warrior ways and the all-out blackness that saturates the land, Wakanda is and always will be goals.
Full Disclosure: Disney spent all the coins to invite The Root out to Los Angeles to watch the film on the Disney lot and to interview the star-studded cast. I think before they even hit send, I was saying, “Yasss!”
But as great as this imaginary nation is, it’s missing something: a national anthem. So when Disney invited me to Los Angeles to sit with the cast of the epic film, I asked them to contribute to Wakanda’s national anthem. While we all patiently await the glory that is Black Panther, let’s indulge in the feast of Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Ryan Coogler singing Wakanda’s national anthem.