The Music

Trouble the Water is a story brimming with raw emotion, featuring hard-edged charismatic heroes reaching beyond themselves and their circumstances. The musical score gives way to blues, gospel, jazz and underground hip hop to set a sometimes tragic, sometimes playful, and always defiant tone. New Orleans’ hip-hop “bounce” music, like that of the better known local Jazz scene, often goes unrecognized. But it is well-imitated throughout the world. It has been “the city’s true soundtrack through the last few decades,” writes music critic Kalefa Sanneh in the months after Katrina. In it, you can “hear brass bands in the synthesizers, drum lines in the rattling beats, Mardi Gras Indians in the sing-song lyrics.”
New Orleans Hip-Hop Is the Home of Gangsta Gumbo

Featuring the music of Black Kold Madina

(aka Kimberly Rivers Roberts)

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes “Kimberly’s star power comes from the music she writes and sings, music that was almost lost in the storm. The moment in the aftermath when she finds it and raps about her feelings will knock you off your feet…that moment gets audiences standing and cheering. Never mind Katrina, Kimberly Roberts is the real force of nature.”

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Original score by Davidge / Del Naja

Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge brought their cinematic fusion of hip hop, soul and hypnotic melodies to Trouble the Water, Del Naja is one half of Massive Attack the pioneering Bristol, UK based band who’s last five cds have sold over 12 million copies world-wide.


“Wade In the Water”
Performed by Mac Rebennack a.k.a. Dr. John
Courtesy of Clean Cuts Inc.

Written and performed by Thirty Days Back to Yuma
Courtesy of Evan O’Reilly

“Hurricane Waters”
written by Clarence Greenwood
performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment

“I Need Some Money”
Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
Published by Orpheum Music
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.

“Wade In the Water”
Arranged by Andrew Gouche
Performed by Mary Mary
Courtesy of My Block Records

“Hustle and Struggle”
Written and Performed by Black Kold Madina
Courtesy of Born Hustler Records

“My Life”
Written and Performed by T.K. Soul

Written and Performed by Black Kold Madina
Courtesy of Born Hustler Records

“You Got Me” (instrumental)
Written by Jill Scott, Scott Storch, Ahmir Thompson, Tarik Trotter
Performed by The Roots featuring Erykah Badu
Courtesy of Universal Music GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

“Bone Gristle”
Written and Performed by Black Kold Madina
Featuring Wink G.
Courtesy of Born Hustler Records

“We Made It Through That Water”
Written and Performed by the Free Agents Brass Band

“Trouble the Waters”
Written and Performed by Black Kold Madina
Featuring Ms. Tee and Wink G.
Courtesy of Born Hustler Records