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Blood Diamond soundtrack

Blood Diamond (2006)
Product detail
Format: CD
UPC: 03020667802
Label: Varese Sarabande
Label number: 302 066 780
Running time: 61m25s
Shipping date: December 19th, 2006
Original score by James Newton Howard
Product availability
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Album Tracklist
1. Blood Diamond Titles [1:32]
2. Crossing the Bridge [1:41]
3. Village Attack [1:52]
4. Ruf Kidnaps Dia [3:02]
5. Archer & Solomon Hike [1:55]
...see complete tracklist
Soundtrack Q & A
Q: What is the name of the song in the credits? (from Tristan in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
A: If you're talking about the rap song at the beginning of the end credits, it's "Shine On 'Em" by Nas with samples from the score by James Newton Howard. (thanks to filmguy, Santa Monica, CAadd more info

Q: What is the name of the dance track in the scene showing the child soldiers partying/celebrating during the day? (from blooddiamond in Chicago)
A: The last two songs, tracks 23 and 24. (thanks to Cory, Romaniaadd more info
A: "When da Dawgs Come Out to Play" by Bai Burea (Feat. Masta Kent and Bullet Rhymes) (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: What is the name of the instrumental piece when Solomon and Archer are on their way to find the diamond (when they climb mountains etc)? (from Ronnie in Liverpool UK)
A: Track five: Archer & Solomon Hike (thanks to Hara, INDIAadd more info

Q: What's the song playing when they burnt the resort on the beach? (from Max in Canada)
A: When Da Dawgs Come Out to Play (thanks to betina, Austin, Texas, USAadd more info

Q: What music plays in the trailer?
...from Kiko_Lehman in Brazil (answer Kiko_Lehman's question)

Q: What is the name of the song playing when Maddy and Archer dance at the bar? (from Renee in New Zealand)
A: Outkast's "Throw Your Hands in the Air" (thanks to Flo, Germanyadd more info
A: It isn't that Outkast track. (thanks to pauldodd, Englandadd more info
A: Mad Lion "Take it Easy." Enjoy it ! (thanks to Dj Luc, Switzerlandadd more info
A: "Saful" by Masta Kent. "Throw Your Hands in the Air" is never heard in the film and neither is Mad Lion's "Take it Easy". (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the scene when Archer and Maddy first meet at the bar on the beach? (from chad in u.s.a)
A: I'm looking for it too... it's impossible. I heard it once at a music class. The teacher was from Nigeria and he was teaching kids the song.... "Asikele y ayay si si oh ma, asikele y ay ee si si oh ma, si oh si oh si si oh mah, asikele y ayay si si oh." This is all I can remember. All I know is it's West African and it's a traditional chant. (thanks to Ci, Irelandadd more info
A: The name of that song is "Jikele Maweni" (also known as "The Retreat Song"). It was written by the fabulous South African singer-songwriter Miriam Makeba. You can hear snippets of her (as well as the Soweto Gospel Choir) singing it here where you can also view the lyrics. (thanks to Bibi Sungura, Nassau, Bahamasadd more info
A: "The Retreat Song" or Jikele Maweni by Miriam Makeba. (thanks to Lstearns, Mobile, AL USAadd more info
A: I doubt the African sounding music (in Solomon Vandi) with a female singer and choir is The Retreat Song. When you listen to the actual recording of the latter by Miriam Makeba, it doesn't resemble anywhere the song or its lyrics from the movie. The artists may be Miriam Makeba and the Soweto Gospel Choir, but it sure isn't the Retreat Song. (thanks to Sorbonne, Toronto ON Canadaadd more info
A: It's "Jikele Maweni (Retreat Song)" sung by Angelique Kidjo. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate any versions of it. (thanks to HP, USAadd more info
A: The movie end credits show: "The Retreat Song" (Jikele Maweni) Written by Rufus Khoza, Joseph Magotsi, Ronnie Majola and Nathan Mdledle Produced by Jean Hebrail, Performed by Angelique Kidjo. Angelique Kidjo appears courtesy of Razor & Tie Entertainment. The only problem is this rendition by Angelique is not available commercially, not even on iTunes! You can have the Miriam Makeba version instead. (thanks to Supermann, Elmhurst, NYadd more info

Q: I want to know the name of the rap songs that are in the film.  (from cata in chile)
A: Nas' "Shine On 'Em" and 2Pac's "When I Get Free" (thanks to Raziel_BPN, SPAINadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song at the end of the movie? (from tanuj in india)
A: "When Da Dawgs Come Out to Play" (Album Version) by Bai Burea/Masta Kent/Bullet Rhymes (thanks to kimmi, st helens- ENGLANDadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song playing in the scene when Maddy and Archer dance at the bar? (from Flo in Germany)
A: Masta Kent's "Saful" (thanks to Mac, Taiwanadd more info

Q: Hi, what's the song playing when Soloman is just about to do his speech before the film ends? (from danull in Birmingham, UK)
A: "Solomon Vandy" by James Newton Howard (thanks to Mac, Taiwanadd more info
A: Solomon Vandy, it's done by Youssou N'dour (solo vocals) and the African childrens choir. The bit done by the African childrens choir is from one of the songs called "Nangirira." Look it up on YouTube. It is sung in one of the local Ugandan Languages, LUGANDA. (thanks to zaas, Ugandaadd more info

Q: What's the name of the song playing when Solomon meets his whole family at the airport together with Maddy? (from ai-ai in philippines)
A: James Newton Howard track called "London" (thanks to wolf, serbiaadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song playing in the scene when Maddy and Archer dance at the bar?  (from KYL in Spain)
A: Masta Kent's "Saful" (thanks to Mac, Taiwanadd more info

Q: What is the song playing when Danny and Solomon are trying to sneak out of the city? It's quite a rough song. I think it may be "Fall of Freetown," but don't know who artist is. (from Wayne in South Africa)
A: I think it's "When da Dawgs Come Out to Play" (thanks to me, germanyadd more info

Q: Hi, what's the name of the song playing when Solomon finds Dia in the camp? (from DNiz_ in Holland)
A: It's called "Like This" by Mack 10 and Nate Dogg... (thanks to alvin, ugandaadd more info

Q: So as far as I can see "Shine On 'Em" from NAS is the end credits song, but is not on the soundtrack CD. How come? I never quite understood why some important songs are not on some soundtracks... anybody has a clue? Many thanks.
...from beachy head in Beachy Head, UK (answer beachy head's question)

Q: One of the things I love about this movie is all the modern african music; all the hip hop and stuff. But I cant find any of it on the internet or anywhere. (from shona in Quesnel BC Canada)
A: Hey, did you buy the CD? There's a lot of the music from the movie on it. (thanks to OSTfan, Burlingameadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song the R.U.F. people play in their transport truck? (from scott in vancouver B.C. canada)
A: "When Da Dogs Come Out" (thanks to Colton, San Antonio, Texasadd more info

Q: Can anyone help provide the lyrics and translation for the song "Solomon Vandy" in the soundtrack? (from Arthur in Taiwan)
A: The piece that James N. Howard used for "Solomon Vandy" is actually a piece sung by the African Children's Choir called "Nangirira". Here's the lyrics: Nangirira/Omulangira yesu azalidwa/Abengalo mwekubile/aba endere/mwe kubile/wolaba bayimba/nga yesuyaliwo/Wolaba bakyakala/abana ba muno. It's a religious/spiritual song. A good translation is hard to find. :D (thanks to Kiki, Montréal, Québec, Canadaadd more info

Q: What is the song in the trailer? (from JP in Colombia)
A: "Forgotten World" by Brand X Music (thanks to Travis, Michiganadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song at the beginning of the movie when the people who collect diamonds drive into the village? There is a guy blasting a rap song from his truck but I do not know what it is called. (from B-Dubz in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
A: "When Da Dogs Come Out" (thanks to SoundtrackListeneradd more info

Q: Why isn't "The Retreat Song" (Jikele Maweni) included on the soundtrack? That is the only reason I started looking for the soundtrack and it's not on there. I thought all songs from the movie were supposed to be on a soundtrack. (from Lstearns in Mobile, Alabama USA)
A: It's rare that all songs in a movie appear on the soundtrack CD. (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: Does anyone know who performed the vocals in the song "Solomon Vandy"? Any idea where similar songs can be found? (from hbk in karachi, Pakistan)
A: Youssou N'Dour (thanks to xxx, phoenix, azadd more info
A: On Youssou N'Dour's album "Egypt" there is a song called "Tijaniyya" which has child vocals that are similar to those in "Solomon Vandi." (thanks to D. H., USAadd more info

Q: What is the song with the lyrics "...where you gonna run to..." repeated, smooth African beat in the background? Almost sounds like Paul Simon. (from Edavid in lansdala, pa)
A: G. Love's "Running Away" (thanks to svv, Finlandadd more info

Q: What track on the original score is playing when Archer and Maddy are saying goodbye in person? Before Archer and Solomon run off into the jungle? It's got that sorta piano riff in it. (from Nick in Toronto)
A: track 5 ("Archer & Solomon Hike") (thanks to JiJM, Canadaadd more info

Q: What is the song that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sings? (from ummm in india)
A: "Joyous Prayer" and "Solemn Prayer" but these are not here on this CD. (thanks to mirage, Pakistanadd more info
A: If you listen to the music behind this song, it's the same as Timberland's "Apologize." Anyone know where you can get this version of Solemn Prayer?? (thanks to spoon, Australiaadd more info
A: It has also been used by Peter Gabriel, on his album called "Up", and also on the "Growing Up Tour" in the song "Signal To Noise." (thanks to heimzoli, Hungaryadd more info

Q: What are all the reggae/hip hop cuts playing when dia is gambling?  (from Chongo in California)
A: "From tha Streetz" by Mack 10 (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: Would anyone know any American or African artist who's work is like this album? I'm a fan of the moody yet inspirational vocals Howard used in this movie.
...from DK in PA (answer DK's question)

Q: What is the song playing when Archer leaves his apartment to sell the diamond and then go to the bar to meet Maddy for the first time and then continues on again after they end their conversation? (from JiJM in canada)
A: It's called "Archer Sells Diamond" (thanks to tubbyching, manila, philippinesadd more info

Q: What's the song Archer and Maddy are dancing to at the beach bar? It's not any of the songs that people have named ie. Mad Lion Masta Kent Outkast Nas etc... It has a hip hop beat (about 90 bpm) and the rappers are rapping in a language that is foreign to me, but at the end of every line they say "EH" (from 1meandj in Buffalo New York)
A: "Saful" by Masta Kent (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: What's the song playing at the very end of the end credits? (from addisond in michigan)
A: "Shine on 'em" by Nas (thanks to xray, Bloomfield, NJadd more info

Q: Is anything related to Peter Gabriel in this music? Was he involved in any of the songs on the CD?
...from Galia Zilbershtein-Salant in Moshav Beit Yehoshua, Israel (answer Galia Zilbershtein-Salant's question)

Q: What's the song playing when the G8 conference on diamonds was held in the beginning of the movie?
...from BoooDi_98 in EgypT (answer BoooDi_98's question)

Q: What is the song playing at the end when Solomon is in the courtroom? (from fustradted in alaska)
A: Solomon Vandy (thanks to dunkbassy4, kenyaadd more info

Q: What track has the song playing when Danny & his girl are dancing at the bar at night?
...from texan31337 in fort worth (answer texan31337's question)

Q: What is the African language song playing when Solomon Vandi starts to walk on stage and the audience is applauding?
...from Bree in Sierra Leone (answer Bree's question)

Q: What is the name of the full song played as "London"? Is it on the soundtrack? Thanks!
...from D in WI (answer D's question)

Q: What are the lyrics of the song London?
...from cheila87 in Rotterdam, Holland (answer cheila87's question)

Q: What is the song the young soldiers are singing as they walk near the end of the movie? I swear I heard that when I was in Africa. (from Melissa Douglas in Chicago IL)
A: This song is the RUF version of the Sierra Leone Anthem. The Text you heard in the Film:
" fighting for Sierra Leone
RUF is fighting for Sierra Leone
Go tell my parents They may see me no more
In the battlefield We're fighting forever
Go tell my parents They may see me no more" 
(thanks to Bolle, Germanyadd more info

Q: What is the song performed by the Ruf Boys? "...Tell my family I see them no more I'll be fighting forever..." Is this made up or is it actually a song?
...from sam in united states  (answer sam's question)

Q: What is the name of the song it plays when Archer comes to bar at the beach to buy a gun after he sells diamond in city? (from Justas in lithuania)
A: "Jikele Maweni (Retreat Song)" performed by Angelique Kidjo. (thanks to Great stuff, UKadd more info

Q: What is the hip hop song playing when Maddy and Archer start to dance at the bar when they begin to talk about the conflict diamonds? It's a bass/drum beat when Maddy puts her arms around Archer. Any help would be appreciated.
...from JuniorJD in Belfast NI (answer JuniorJD's question)

Q: What song is playing when Solomon finishes his interview about his stone with Simmons?
...from Johnny in australia  (answer Johnny's question)

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