Alicia Keys’ New Song ‘Back to Life’ Featured in Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’

"The film beautifully depicts Uganda with such honest attention to detail,' says Keys.

By Radio.com Staff

Alicia Keys’ new emotional track, “Back to Life,” has prominently featured in the new teaser for Disney’s Queen of Katwe. 

Set in Kampala, Uganda, the film follows 10 year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family in the impoverished area of Katwe in Kampala. After meeting a missionary who teaches her to play chess, Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions. The missionary then teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

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Keys weighed in on the project.

Queen of Katwe moved me in every way. The film beautifully depicts Uganda with such honest attention to detail—the colors, the sounds, the people—all vividly brought to life. But most soulfully, it’s the story of this fearless, brilliant girl Phiona who embodies the message that the rise to success first begins with opportunity, and the belief you have in yourself to pursue something bigger. The song ‘Back To Life’ that I wrote for this film alongside collaborators Illangelo and Billy Walsh, is about pushing past that little voice of doubt in our heads so we can instead, electrify the world. When we allow women to find and express their power and potential, the world changes for the better. I encourage people to see this film, be moved by Phiona’s story and then go back into their own communities and encourage a girl who will rise like a flower that breaks through the concrete to see the sun!”

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