Ludwig Göransson

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Ludwig Göransson
Born September 1, 1984 (1984-09) (age 34)
Linköping, Sweden
  • Composer
  • arranger
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts

Ludwig Göransson (/ˈɡɔːrənsən/;[2] Swedish: [ˈlɵdːvɪg ²jœːranˌsɔn]; born September 1, 1984), is a Swedish film composer. His work includes Fruitvale Station, the Rocky franchise entry Creed and super hero film Black Panther. He is known for his work on U.S. TV sitcoms Community, Happy Endings, and New Girl.

Göransson is also known as a record producer. He collaborated with Donald Glover on Glover's rap releases Camp, Because the Internet, and "Awaken, My Love!"[3][4] under the Childish Gambino pseudonym. "Awaken, My Love!" was awarded a Grammy for the track Redbone. He has also produced for other recording artists such as Haim, Chance the Rapper and Pell.

Early life[edit]

Göransson was born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. He began music lessons at a young age and went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program. It was at USC that Ludwig met Ryan Coogler. The pair would eventually go on to work together on Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther. Soon after graduating USC he began work assisting Theodore Shapiro known for films such as Along Came Polly, The Devil Wears Prada, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder to name a few. Ludwig's first break came in 2009 as the composer for the comedy Community.

Film Composer[edit]

In 2013 Ludwig's first feature film came from fellow former USC graduate Ryan Coogler. Ludwig composed the score to Coogler's critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, based on the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the Dramatic category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, also taking home the Avenir Prize and Un Certain Regard awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

In August 2013, Göransson signed a management deal as a composer for Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.[5]

That year he also composed the music for the movie We're the Millers.

In 2015 Coogler and Göransson again worked together this time on the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise film Creed.

By 2016-17 he was scoring True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Central Intelligence and Everything, Everything.

In 2018 Göransson and Coogler arrived at their third collaboration Black Panther.[6] Göransson set out to create a score that would sit somewhere between traditional African instrumentation and a traditional superhero score. In order to do this he travelled to Senegal to research traditional African music and instruments. There he met musician Baaba Maal whose voice is featured in the score who sings in his native Fula language.[7]

Record Producer[edit]

In 2010 when Donald Glover first approached producer and composer Ludwig Göransson about his side project, Childish Gambino, the two were working on the set of Community. Since then they have released three albums Camp, Because the Internet, and "Awaken, My Love!". Inspired by Parliament Funkadelic and black power music of the ‘70s, "Awaken, My Love!" Göransson served as producer and writer for every song on the album. In November, they earned four Grammy nominations for their work, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Redbone." [8]

In 2012, Göransson produced HAIM's debut EP and helped establish the band with a brand new sound on the song "Forever". He also produced two songs on HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone.

On May 5, 2018, This Is America was released. Produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson the song features a gospel-style choir and background contributions from various American rappers Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage, Quavo and Offset. "This Is America" debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 31st song to do so in the chart's history.



  • How to Find a Party (2013)

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Difference" 2010 Childish Gambino Culdesac Producer - Childish Gambino
"Hero" - Childish Gambino
"I Be on That" - Childish Gambino
"Got This Money" - Childish Gambino
"So Fly" - Childish Gambino
"You Know Me" - Childish Gambino
"Let Me Dope You" - Childish Gambino
"Do Ya Like" - Childish Gambino
"I'm Alright" - Childish Gambino
"Glory" - Childish Gambino
"Fuck It All" - Childish Gambino
"I'm On It" - Childish Gambino
"Put It In My Video" - Childish Gambino
"These Girls"
(featuring Garfunkel and Oates)
- Childish Gambino
"The Last" - Childish Gambino
"Be Alone" 2011 EP Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Freaks and Geeks" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"My Shine" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Lights Turned On" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Not Going Back"
(featuring Belidna Malaika)
Donald Glover, Belinda Malaika Childish Gambino
"Bonfire" Camp Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Heartbeat" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Outside" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Fire Fly" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"All the Shine" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Letter Home" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Backpackers" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"L.E.S." Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Hold You Down" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Kids (Keep Up)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"You See Me" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Sunrise" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"That Power" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Longest Text Message" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"We Ain't Them" 2012 Royalty Donald Glover Childish Gambino
(featuring Gonage)
Co-writer Donald Glover -
"Won't Stop"
(featuring Danielle Haim)
Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover, Danielle Haim Childish Gambino
"Blue Eyes Blind" ZZ Ward Til the Casket Drops Zsuzsanna Ward -
"Forever" Haim Days Are Gone Producer - Ariel Rechtshaid
"One In a Million" 2013 Down with Webster Party For Your Life Co-writer/Producer Tyler Armes,

Cameron Hunter,

Jensen Vaughan,

Andrew Martino,

Patrick Gilet,

Martin Seja

"Interlude (That's Love)" Chance the Rapper Acid Rap Producer - -
"Better Off" Haim Days Are Gone - -
"II: Worldstar" Childish Gambino Because the Internet Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"I: The Worst Guys"
(featuring Chance the Rapper)
Donald Glover, Chancellor Bennett Childish Gambino
"II: Shadows" Donald Glover,

Stephen Brunner, K. Muhammad

Thundercat, Childish Gambino
"III: Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" Donald Glover, Rohelle Jordan Childish Gambino
"IV: Sweatpants" Donald Glover, Jason Martin Childish Gambino
"V: 3005" Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce Childish Gambino, Stefan Ponce
"Playing Around Before The Party Starts" Donald Glover -
"I: The Party" Donald Glover, Jonathan Levi Childish Gambino, Pop Levi
"II: No Exit" Donald Glover, Miguel Pimental Childish Gambino
"I: Flight of The Navigator" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"II: Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)" Donald Glover, Lakisha Robinson Childish Gambino, Sam Spiegel
"III: Urn" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"I: Pink Toes"
(featuring Jhene Aiko)
Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce, Jhene Chilombo Childish Gambino
"II: Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)"
(featuring Azealia Banks)
Donald Glover, Azealia Banks Childish Gambino
"III: Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Aurenheimer)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Somebody to Miss You" 2014 T. Mills All I Wanna Do - EP Travis Mills,

Matthew Samuels,

William Lobban-Bean,

Matthew Morris,

James Fauntleroy

Boi-1da, Cook Classics
"Dollar Store" Pell Floating While Dreaming Producer - -
"Fresh Produce" - -
"U Don't Have To Call" Childish Gambino STN MTN - The Neptunes
"Sober" Kauai Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Retro (Rough)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Late Night in Kauai"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"V: 3005 (Beach Picnic Version)" Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce Childish Gambino
"Me and Your Mama" 2016 "Awaken, My Love!" Donald Glover, Zac Rae Childish Gambino
"Redbone" Producer - Childish Gambino
"Have Some Love" Additional Producer - Childish Gambino
"Boogieman" Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Zombies" Donald Glover, Ray Suen, Chris Hartz Childish Gambino
"Riot" Co-writer/Additional Producer Donald Glover,

George Clinton,

Hazel Cook, Haskins Eugene

Childish Gambino
"California" Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Terrified" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Baby Boy" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"The Night Me and Your Mama Met" Donald Glover, Gary Clark Childish Gambino, Gary Clark
"Stand Tall" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Self-Help Tape" 2017 Moses Sumney Aromanticism Moses Sumney Moses Sumney
(with Yugen Blakrok)
2018 Vince Staples Black Panther: OST Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Vincent Staples Sounwave
"This Is America" Childish Gambino Non-album single Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Summertime Magic" Summer Pack Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Feels Like Summer" Donald Glover Childish Gambino



Year Title Director(s) Notes
2008 Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller Music arranger
Music programmer
Marley & Me David Frankel Additional music
2009 I Love You, Man John Hamburg Guitar
Year One Harold Ramis Additional music
Jennifer's Body Karyn Kusama
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Thor Freudenthal Technical score engineer
Dinner for Schmucks Jay Roach
2011 30 Minutes or Less Ruben Fleischer Composer
2013 Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler
We're the Millers Rawson Marshall Thurber Composer, with Theodore Shapiro
2014 Stretch Joe Carnahan Composer
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
A Merry Friggin' Christmas Tristram Shapeero
Top Five Chris Rock
2015 Creed Ryan Coogler
2016 Central Intelligence Rawson Marshall Thurber Composer, with Theodore Shapiro
True Memoirs of an International Assassin Jeff Wadlow Composer
Inner Workings Leo Matsuda
2017 Everything, Everything Stella Meghie
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Greg Walloch/Christopher Storer
2018 Black Panther Ryan Coogler
Death Wish Eli Roth
Slice Austin Vesely Composer, with Nathan Matthew David
Venom Ruben Fleischer Composer
Creed II Steven Caple Jr.
2020 Jungle Cruise Jaume Collet-Serra


Year Title Notes
2009–15 Community Composer
2011–13 Happy Endings Composer
2011–present New Girl Composer
2014–2015 Satisfaction Composer
2016 Angie Tribeca Composer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Cerimony Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Black Reel Awards of 2014 Outstanding Original Soundtrack Fruitvale Station Nominated [9]
Black Reel Awards of 2016 Creed Nominated
Outstanding Original Song "Waiting for My Moment" (from Creed) Nominated
"Grip" (from Creed) Nominated
Black Reel Awards for Television of 2017 Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series) Atlanta Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2015 Best Use of Music in a Film Creed Nominated
60th Annual Grammy Awards Album of the Year "Awaken, My Love!" Nominated
Record of the Year "Redbone" Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
2015 IndieWire Critics Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack Creed Nominated
2015 International Film Music Critics Awards Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Nominated
Best Original Score for a Drama Film Nominated
2018 International Online Cinema Awards Best Original Score Black Panther Nominated
Best Original Song "Opps" (from Black Panther) Nominated
44th Saturn Awards Best Music Black Panther Nominated
2015 Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Music, Original Song "Grip" (from Creed) Won


  1. ^ "Ludwig Goransson Scores Creed Movie - ROCNATION". 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ The Making Of ’Wakanda’ With Ludwig Göransson - Presented By Marvel Studio’s Black Panther (YouTube video). Genius. February 16, 2018. Event occurs at 1.45. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 'I called him and I was like: "Hey, my name is Ludwig Göransson and I’m a film composer[…]"'
  3. ^ Drozdowski, Ted. "10 Questions: Ludwig Göransson". BMI.
  4. ^ "Childish Gambino - Camp - Album Review". 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  5. ^ ROCNATION | Ludwig Goransson Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "How Black Panther Composer Ludwig Göransson Found the Sound of Wakanda | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  7. ^ "Baaba Maal on soundtracking Black Panther's Wakanda". NME. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  8. ^ "Producer Ludwig Göransson on helping create Awaken, My Love! and the Black Panther score". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  9. ^ "Ludwig Göransson - Awards - IMDb". Retrieved August 13, 2018.

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