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Terence Blanchard Is Composing The Score For Kasi Lemmons' 'Black Nativity' Film Adaptation

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 17, 2013 12:19 PM
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Terence Blanchard

So says in an interview piece with Terence Blanchard, who's in Philly this week to give a master class to students at the Girard Academic Music Program and the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

I should note that it was previously announced that Raphael Saadiq was writing music for the Black Nativity film musical, which is different from the film's score (or background or incidental music), which is what Blanchard will compose.

The site also mentions that Blanchard is working an opera with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. News to me as well...

Fox Searchlight has set a release date for Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity for November 27, 2013

Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett play father and mother to Jennifer Hudson's character, in a work that's based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical.

The story centers on a young black teen from Baltimore, who is sent to Harlem by his mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. The boy then learns the real meaning of faith and family when his grandfather delivers a Christmas Eve sermon and "a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story."

Tyrese GibsonLuke James, singer Jacob Latimore and rapper Nas round out the cast.

Lemmons is directing from her own screenplay.

Blanchard last scored George Lucas' Red Tails.

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  • Binky Smith | January 24, 2014 3:11 PMReply

    Terence is great, but there is another who is also great and he keeps himself low key, I hear his
    music everywhere on TV and he has many different styles and sometimes it's hard to tell if its
    him or not. I ran across him surfing the net, I found him with Google Search his name is Paris
    Holley YouTube , this guy is no joke!

  • Eamon | April 17, 2013 1:44 PMReply

    Terence is the man! Great composer and musician.

  • Aswilliams 91 | April 17, 2013 5:18 PM

    Yes he certainly is. By far one of the greatests composers and musicians next to Herbie Hancock. Love his musical sequences in Spike Lee films.

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