J.J. Abrams is Actually Singing During the Cantina Scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

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Back in December, J.J. Abrams revealed that he worked together with actor, writer and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda on the music for the Cantina scene in The Force Awakens. Now Miranda shares some more interesting details about this collaboration…



Talking to ET Online, during the BroadwayCon in New York City, Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that J.J. Abrams not only co-wrote the film’s Cantina song, but also he sang on it!





So it appears that Abrams could add another credit to his The Force Awakens list – director, writer, producer, song writer and performer. Actually if you check his IMDb page, you will notice that he already has several credits in his career for “Music Department”, “Soundtrack”, “Composer” and “Sound Department”. So we should not be surprised at all. The man is multi-talented. 🙂


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10 thoughts on “J.J. Abrams is Actually Singing During the Cantina Scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

  • January 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Entertainment Weekly idiots…they state the song has a similar vibe to the original Cantina Band. They are nothing alike, one is jazz/swing, the other is reggae. And then they show the clip of Cantina Band #2, which is not even the classic, well known “Cantina Band” song. I find their lack of journalistic integrity disturbing.

    • January 27, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      yeah, that tends to happen when incompetent people talk about music.

  • January 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    The real question is…when will they release the track for the song?

    • January 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I certainly hope so. It was disappointing to find it missing from the soundtrack

  • January 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I kinda assumed that by the credits

  • January 28, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Not on the soundtrack either naturally.

    • January 28, 2016 at 12:50 am

      Well it’s not by John Williams, so that makes sense.

      • January 29, 2016 at 3:01 am

        Neither were Jedi Rocks or Lapti Nek but we got those.

  • January 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    It was forgettable music. No one should have been paid for it. You may as well have a kid’s high school jazz band play anything during the scene.

    • January 28, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      You must be fun at parties.

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