The Black Panther movie is Marvel’s new movie with a largely black cast, helmed by a black director, and set in a fictional African country, where the vivid art, costume, and makeup designs were all inspired by real-world African tribal traditions. The movie has been well received across the world and many aspects of the movie depict the beauty of Africa.
MISSING THE MARK
Kendrick Lamar, an American artist was approached to put together the soundtracks for the Black Panther movie. On this project, he collaborated with a number of artists to compile a 14-track album. One of the first songs to come from the album is a song called “All The Stars” featuring Sza.
When the music video was released Lina Iris Viktor, a conceptual and performance artist and painter sued Kendrick Lamar and SZA for using her “Constellations” series of paintings without her permission. Lina Iris Viktor was asked to be apart of the Marvel collaboration on two accounts but she declined then in early February the music video dropped with what seemed to be an exact replica of her work.
“All The Stars” Music Video
HITTING THE MARK
The inspiration for the costumes and accessories used in the Black Panther movie were drawn from various African cultures. Costume designer Ruth Carter used colours and costumes from different African societies and tribes to come up with the characters’ looks.
The costumes themselves are special art pieces because they are authentically African yet look futuristic as what African attires should look like in the future. The costumes also signify a united continent with people who can mix and match different accessories from different tribes and have a new symbolic meaning.
The lip plate associated with the Mursi and Surma tribes in Ethiopia.
Zulu headdress, traditionally worn by married women for ceremonial celebrations.
Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
Basotho blankets originally from the Lesotho people.
Himba people are known for applying a red.