The Rza is planning a brand new project for late January 2009. It is Afro Samurai: The Resurrection, which is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TV’s critically lauded animated television show and DVD featuring the voice of Samuel L Jackson.
The features unlikely collaborations and guest spots from legendary recording artists such as Sly Stone, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and a whole cast of RZA’s protégés, including the late Ol Dirty Bastard’s son — Boy Jones.
RZA’s 2007 soundtrack to season one introduced the world to a new team/swarm of the Wu disciples. Now, on the follow up, the CD will come with deluxe packaging and O-Card.
The “Afro Samurai” animated series debuted on Spike TV in 2006 and was the best-selling anime DVD release of 2007. On season two, “Resurrection,” actor Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of the solitary warrior Afro Samurai and his sidekick Ninja Ninja.
Joining the cast this season is Lucy Liu as Sio, the seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro. Also newly cast is Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Bin, Sio’s servant and protector.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection marks Wu Music Group first project since announcing a comprehensive partnership with The Orchard in September, who will distribute and market the label’s popular catalogue worldwide.
Via the deal, The Orchard and Wu Music have digitally released the label’s entire catalogue of unreleased material, including important recordings from RZA and other Wu-Tang Clan members, and will be marketing and distributing their future physical and digital releases, beginning with Afro Samurai: Resurrection.
The “Afro Samurai” soundtrack drops January 27, 2009.