Blues originated in the 1860s within the African Americans community, is a music genre that is highly regarded as one of the most entertaining and enduring forms of music. This spiritual and entertaining music was composed on the basis of struggles and as an escape for African Americans.
BLUES IN THE 1920S
Among these was a band led by Ma Rainey, also known as the ‘Mother of the Blues.’ Netflix is bringing the remake of August Wilson’s play, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ to rejuvenate our screens. This film is also the last appearance of the late actor Chadwick Boseman. The movie is expected to release in the last few weeks of December 2020.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was the initial music recordings in 1927 by the band. This movie depicts the journey of Ma Rainey from the time when she first gets the attention as a blues music artist to the breakthrough of her career. In the 1910s, the first black woman recorded blues, Mamie Davis. After looking at Davis’s success, many back women were inspired to test their potential in this field. Ma Rainey was among those women.
In 1920, Ma Rainey was approached by Paramount, which was highly impressed by her voice. They recorded 100 songs over the next 10 years. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will also highlight the challenges she faced with white producers and managers.
LAST OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN
Chadwick plays Levee’s role, a black ambitious trumpeter who accidentally runs into Ma Rainey in her studio. He is also a great artist with an innovative vision, but he is not known to take steps in the right direction. Ma Rainey helps the young man make a name for himself, which can be seen through the storyline of the movie. The film brings up a comic aspect as well with Levee and Ma’s screen time together.
She’s stubborn; she does what she thinks is right; she stands for her own decision. Who better than Viola Davis can play this character? The first African American woman to get the title of ‘Triple Crown of Acting,’ Viola is seen doing the same as she refines her role in the movie. The Academy Awardee Viola best plays a strong character like that of Ma Rainey. A familiar face in the fashion and entertainment media has won many awards and recognition in different categories.
DENZEL WASHINGTON IS THE PRODUCER
The legendary actor Denzel Washington is the producer of the film with George C. Wolfe to direct. The film’s main focus is on Boseman as the actor died earlier this year in August due to colon cancer. Chadwick stayed committed to his roles throughout his career by playing fictional roles and historical figures even after his diagnosis. He starred as ‘Black Panther’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III. The young actor kept his illness as a secret from the media for the last four years.
The movie will premiere on Netflix on December 18th, 2020.