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Black Hawk Down (soundtrack)

Black Hawk Down: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Film score by
ReleasedJanuary 15, 2002
StudioMedia Ventures, Santa Monica, California
Sony Scoring Stage, Culver City, California
LabelDecca, UMG Soundtracks
ProducerHans Zimmer, Pietro Scalia, Bob Badami
Professional ratings
Review scores
SoundtrackNet3/5 stars
Filmtracks3/5 stars

Black Hawk Down is the soundtrack accompanying the 2001 film of the same name. The original score was composed by Hans Zimmer. The music was written in collaboration with several other musicians (Martin Tillmann, Craig Eastman, Heitor Pereira, Mel Wesson...) in what was referred to as "The War Room" at the Media Ventures studios. Based on jam sessions that were later edited to match the pictures, the score was produced within a few weeks. Because the end result was very experimental, Zimmer was afraid there would not be much music suitable for a listening experience on compact disc. The soundtrack disc was released on January 15, 2002.


To prepare for the film, composer Hans Zimmer sent then-assistant Marc Streitenfeld to scout various instruments and sounds native to the deserts of Africa.[1] Additionally, several musicians from around the world worked with Zimmer to develop the soundtrack. Among these musicians was Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal, whose typically positive sound was used in contrast with the film's content,[2] and Denez Prigent, a Breton singer interpreting Gortoz a ran ("I await") with Lisa Gerrard.[3]

Track listing

2."Barra Barra" (Performed by Rachid Taha)5:47
3."Vale of Plenty"2:27
6."Mogadishu Blues"2:53
9."Of the Earth"2:19
10."Ashes to Ashes"4:43
11."Gortoz a ran (Breton) - J'Attends (French)" (Composed and performed by Lisa Gerrard / Denez Prigent)5:51
12."Tribal War"2:39
13."Leave No Man Behind"6:18
14."Minstrel Boy (Film Version)" (Performed by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros)5:42
15."Still Reprise"2:12
Total length:66:54


  1. ^ "From 'Gladiator' to 'The Simpsons': Composer Hans Zimmer". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. August 27, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Being Baaba Maal". News24. Naspers. January 31, 2002. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  3. ^ []

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