Released over 30 years ago, Coming To America was received by millions of people around the world, bringing laughter to them as it painted a fictional comedy based on Africa. Decades after the release of the movie, it is finally getting a sequel that is set 30 years after Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) and his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) left the fictional African country of Zamunda and traveled to Queens, New York.
The sequel, Coming To America 2, follows Prince Akeem travelling to America in search of his long lost son, Lavelle. The sequel is expected to be bigger and would be released along with two albums featuring aist from around Africa; a soundtrack album, Coming 2 America: Music From the Motion Picture and a 16 track companion album, Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired By Coming 2 America.
The companion project features some of the biggest names from the continent, from music executive and producer; Larry Gaaga to afrobeats big stars; Tiwa Savage and Tekno and new school act; Alpha P. Rhythms of Zamunda traces a musical roadmap through Western, Eastern, and South African music scene and introduces this synergy to listeners worldwide
Still riding high from the December 2020 release of his debut album, Old Romance, Tekno, the celebrated singer and producer has a song on each of the separate albums, Waka Waka featured on the official soundtrack and Skeletun on Rhythms of Zamunda.
Tiwa Savage who dropped her fourth project, Celia, last year, graces both soundtracks with the female empowering single “Koroba” and the hypnotizing “Dangerous Love” off her album Celia. Tiwa continues to solidify her position as one of the leading artists in the forefront pushing Afrobeats to a global audience.
Rising star, Apple Music’s Artist of the Month, and Headies Rookie of the Year nominee, Alpha P has had a very productive 2020. With the inclusion of his single Jiggy Pop, which features TMXO, in the compilation, it’s clear that he’s only just getting started.
Larry Gaaga a key afrobeats industry player, who has worked with afrobeats big names from 2Baba to Wizkid, creating hit songs like Low which features Wizkid and has over 25million views on Youtube would also appear on Rhythms of Zamuda. He would be appearing as a multi-talented producer, songwriter and recording artist, with his single Owo Ni Koko which features Umuogbilibo.
The 16-track compilation was curated by Sipho Dlamini who is the CEO of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Universal Music Nigeria, Ivory Coast & Kenya.