Kamasi Washington Scores New Michelle Obama Netflix Documentary Becoming

By Matthew Strauss

Kamasi Washington scored the new Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, which premiered on Netflix today (May 6). The film follows Obama on her tour in support of her best-selling memoir Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice. Washington’s score for the documentary will be released on May 15 (via Young Turks). Below, check out the Becoming trailer and tracklist.

“Working with Kamasi Washington on the musical score for Becoming was a dream come true,” director Nadia Hallgren said in a press release. “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.”

Kamasi 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. Barack and Michelle Obama’s time as President and First Lady had an impact on the history of this country and the world that is hard to put into words, but both Michelle Obama’s book and Nadia Hallgren’s film do an amazing job of it!

Kamasi Washington released Heaven and Earth and its companion The Choice EP in 2018.

Read Pitchfork’s feature “Kamasi Washington on the Music That Made Him a Jazz Colossus.”

Becoming (Music From the Netflix Original Documentary):

01 Shot Out of a Cannon02 Becoming03 Take in the Story04 Southside V.105 Dandy06 The Rhythm Changes07 Song For Frasier08 Announcement09 Detail10 Fashion Then and Now11 Provocation12 Connections13 Looking Forward14 I Am Becoming

15 Southside V.2