African artists are taking the world by storm, one song at a time and making their presence felt internationally.
And this year is no different. African stars will get yet another chance to shine in the 16 track Coming to America 2 soundtrack, which is filled with artists from the continent.
The highly anticipated sequel to the Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall 1988 movie, Coming to America, features stars such as Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha and is filled with designs from Maxhosa Africa by Laduma Ngxokolo.
For the music, Def Jam recordings joined forces with Def Jam Africa to curate the movie’s official soundtrack, showcasing a whole range of African sounds and artists.
The movie soundtrack features award-winning artists such as Tiwa Savage from Nigeria, Diamond Platinum from Tanzania, Fally Ipupa from Congo and Sha Sha, Prince Kaybee, ANATII from South Africa plus many more who are also signed to Universal Africa labels.
The first track on the Coming 2 America inspired album features the ‘coolest kid’ in Africa, Nasty C who is one of the most streamed artists in South Africa.
The album, Rhythms of Zamunda, is set to be released on the same day as the movie on 5 March.
The soundtrack will be available on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple and all other streaming platforms.
DJ and producer Prince Kaybee took to Instagram to share his excitement.
“Glad to be part of the ‘Coming to America’ soundtrack inspired album. THE WORLD IS WATCHING AFRICAN MUSIC. Shout out to the fellow AFRICANS that made it on the Album.”
R&B star Ricky Tyler, who closes the album with the track Everything said “So happy to be part of the coming 2 America Soundtrack Album, the doors are open.”
African and South African artists have been making waves internationally for a while now. Movies such as Marvel’s Black Panther brought in the Mzansi flavour in the film’s soundtrack with the likes of Babes Wodumo and Sjava.
Most recently, Black is King, a 2020 American musical film and visual album written ad executive produced by world renowned artist Beyonce, featured African musicians and artists such as the late Mary Twala, Nandi Madida , Warren Masemola, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa and many more.