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‘The Woman King’ has a Colorado sound | Culture & Leisure

One of the most anticipated films of the fall is “The female king“, opening Friday. And part of the soundtrack was recorded right here in Denver at Rocky Mountain Records.

Five-time Grammy Award winner and Denver native Dianne Reeves contributed vocals to the film, with music direction by Terence Blanchard.

“When my dear friend Terence was working on the project, he said he ‘heard’ me in the music, and he invited me to be a part of it,” Reeves said.

The film’s director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, wasn’t very familiar with Reeves’ music at the time, but she knew Blanchard had good instincts.

“So I got a call to come over to Scotland, where they were recording the soundtrack,” Reeves said. “We started working on it, and when Gina heard some of it, she was like, ‘Yeah, we need to do more,’ so we ended up picking up where we left off here in Denver.”

Reeves said Blanchard allowed him to watch scenes and just improvise vocally throughout the film. “It’s something I’ve never done,” said Reeves, who called the whole thing “a simply amazing and amazing experience.”

Rocky Mountain Recordingsalso known as Colorado Recording Studios, is a full-service studio located at 1250 W. Cedar Ave.

Dianne Reeves: “I would be very excited and very proud and very honored to have this song become a new women’s anthem.”

In the historical epic “The Woman King,” Davis plays a 19th-century African general who led an all-female army against European slave traders. Historians say they were called the Agojie (or “mothers”) and existed from about 1600-1904. They were called “the Amazons of Dahomey” by Western Europeans who wrote about them – a nod to the fierce female warriors of Greek mythology.

The movie is just one of the reasons Reeves is having another career high. His 1994 song “Endangered Species” regained international prominence on Monday when actress Sheryl Lee Ralph sang it during her acceptance speech at Monday’s Emmy Awards. And she’s about to embark on her final international tour.

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This image released by Sony Pictures shows Viola Davis in “The Woman King.”