Last month, Jagun Fly Productions and Shocklee Entertainment announced YE! A Jagun Story, the first installment of a new African film trilogy from Nigerian-American filmmaker John Oluwole ADEkoje and producer/composer Hank Shocklee, to be released next year. Shocklee, a 2018 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductee and founder/producer of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy whose music has appeared in numerous films including Do The Right Thing, American Gangster, Juice, He Got Game, scored the film and also Executive Produced its stunning soundtrack: a new collection of Afropop, Afrobeats, Afro-House and Afro-Hop sounds from Pan-African artists from the U.S, Nigeria and South Africa. Today, they present the soundtrack’s new single, “I’ll Find A Way” by Johannesburg-based house music vocalist, Jackie Queens.
Recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa, “I’ll Find A Way” is a pulsating, uplifting, Afro-House, dance floor scorcher and a tribute to Black women’s courage. A theme that is key in the development of YE! film’s lead character Stellar. It’s immediately clear when you hear the words “I’ll Find A Way” that there’s an intention to get through no matter the circumstances. It’s also a reminder that if you’ve triumphed over something before, you can do it again.
“This experience of working with Jackie Queens to be a part of the YE! film soundtrack is a magical one, the songwriting collaboration she lead resulted in an energetic song that zoned in on the film’s emotions. Every time we screen the film in a theater, the song, which plays in the end credits of YE! turns the theater into a party.
Women are leveling up the imbalance too often seen on festival stages and in the dance music scene. Vocalists like Jackie Queens, music producers and DJ’s are making the most innovative and exciting music today. We are the future of dance music.” – Jo-Ann Nina, YE!’s Music Supervisor and Executive Producer, Teknimension
Recognized on Resident Advisor’s 2021 Re-record list celebrating 120 Black artists in the past decade, Queens constantly aims to challenge the status quo of the music industry’s perspective on the role women play in its success. Having appeared on the 2019 shesaid.so ‘Top 100 Alternative Power List’ for her contributions to equality in the music industry, Queens has also written on women in Afro-House for the prestigious Groove Magazine (Germany) and has featured in Mixmag, The Guardian, 5 Magazine, and OkayAfrica. Queens is also the founder of the independent electronic label and agency Bae Electronica, a platform for her collaborations and for women who are producers to release music.
“I’ll Find A Way” serves as YE!’s end credits track.
Starring Dakore Egbuson- Akande (Castle & Castle on Netflix, Isoken) and Tony Okungbowa (Bob ❤ Abishola on CBS, The Ellen DeGeneres Show), YE! is the first installment of a new Pan-African film trilogy, the origin story of Stellar (Egbuson-Akande). After her family is brutally murdered by child soldiers, Stellar joins a covert, celestial league of women, the Ajumose, who guide her as she seeks to avenge them. Years later, she locates their killer and makes a devastating decision that will change both of their lives.
According to ADEkoje, “My writing is Nigerian-American, my thinking is Nigerian-American, my stories are Nigerian-American.”