Kamasi Washington Details 'Becoming' Score

The Michelle Obama documentary is now out on Netflix
Kamasi Washington Details 'Becoming' Score
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First Lady Michelle Obama is the subject of new documentary Becoming, out today on Netflix. Now, Kamasi Washington has revealed his involvement with the film's soundtrack.

The sax man will release Becoming - Music from the Netflix Original Documentary on May 15 through Young Turks. The film's soundtrack album will include new original music, in addition to selections from Washington's catalogue.

"Working with Kamasi Washington on the musical score for Becoming was a dream come true," director Nadia Hallgren said in a statement. "Not only is Kamasi a masterful musician, he also has a unique sensitivity that he pours into his music. His music reaches deeply into your soul. Mrs. Obama loves music, and when I read the line in her book 'And heaven, as I envisioned it, had to be a place full of jazz,' I knew immediately Kamasi was the artist that could interpret her experience musically. His sound is contemporary and timeless, a magical fit to her story."

Washington added, "It was such a pleasure and honor to work on Becoming. Michelle Obama is such an amazing person and this film gives a very unique insight to who she is, how she thinks, and the way she navigates the world. It's truly inspiring to see! Working with the film's incredible director Nadia Hallgren to create a musical palette to support this amazing piece was truly a blessing. I'm so thankful to her for the opportunity to be a part of this."

Find a tracklist and trailer for Becoming below. Here's what else has arrived on Netflix Canada in May.

This year, Washington has appeared on a new album from Thundercat and contributed music to a new project from Kendrick Lamar.

Washington's most recent studio album was Heaven and Earth, which Exclaim! named one of Top 10 Experimental & Modern Composition Albums of 2018.

Becoming - Music from the Netflix Original Documentary:

1. Shot Out Of A Cannon
2. Becoming
3. Take In The Story
4. Southside V.1
5. Dandy
6. The Rhythm Changes
7. Song For Frasier
8. Announcement
9. Detail
10. Fashion Then and Now
11. Provocation
12. Connections
13. Looking Forward
14. I Am Becoming
15. Southside V.2