In Ahsoka’s opening episode, “Master and Apprentice,” Sabine flees from the dedication ceremony of the mural she painted, the same in the Star Wars Rebels series epilogue. As she races down the highways of Lothal and escapes the New Republic security detail, a specific rock song blasts from her speeder bike’s speakers. What is this song, and who sings it?
As reported by Pitchfork, the song is called “Igyah Kah,” sung by Sarah Tudzin, lead singer of the indie rock band Illuminati Hotties. The music was created by Ahsoka series composer Kevin Kiner, his daughter and Lucasfilm composer Deana Kiner, The Mandalorian composer Ludwig Göransson, and Noah Gorelick, who worked on Oppenheimer with Göransson.
Sarah Tudzin explained to Pitchfork that she’s been friends with Deana Kiner for years, saying:
"“When [Deana Kiner] reached out about grabbing some vocals for a TOP SECRET Star Wars project she composed the score for, I was game! I was of course excited to help, but when I knew the cue was all about going full-gremlin mode, I knew I could crush it for her! Honored to be a part of such a special universe.”"
This isn’t the first time Kevin Kiner and his composer son and daughter, Sean and Deana, have used rock music in their projects. In The Clone Wars movie, he used a similar genre during the Battle at the Teth Monastery, which was one of the first instances in his Star Wars career. During Star Wars Rebels‘ second season, Kiner and his team created an indie rock-style song that Ghost crew member Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios listens to on the radio. It’s fittingly called “Zeb Rock” and can be heard on Rebel’s season 2 soundtrack.
I adore the influx of various genres being introduced into Star Wars as of late. Whether it’s the rocking Nihil in the High Republic audiobooks, “Zeb Rock,” or the Illuminati Hotties making their Star Wars debut, it makes the universe feel far richer and more lived in having genres outside the Cantina Band.
Rock on, Star Wars.
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