‘Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired By Coming 2 America’ is the upcoming 16-track album featuring Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Prince Kaybee, Diamond Platnumz and more.
Def Jam Africa recently shared the tracklist for the compilation album set to accompany the release of the upcoming film Coming 2 America. The album, Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired By Coming 2 America, features contributions from a number of African artists including Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage and Tekno, the late DJ Arafat from Côte d’Ivoire, Prince Kaybee, Nasty C & Msaki of South Africa, Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Sha Sha (Zimbabwe), and several others. The music project is reportedly set to drop when the highly anticipated sequel premieres on Amazon Prime on March 5th this year—three decades after the first iconic film.
After fans received the exciting trailer for the sequel earlier this month, yet another surprise awaits them in Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired By Coming 2 America. While the film’s “I’m a King” soundtrack features Megan Thee Stallion and Bobby Sessions, this 16-track album was inspired by the Black Panther themed compilation album and is reportedly a fusion of American hip-hop and a number of different African genres in a bid to bridge the distance between countries and cultures. The first track of the album is Nasty C and Ari Lennox‘s “Black and White” whose romantic music video was released a few days back.
“We wanted to bring our knowledge of the music from the continent that is coming up and affecting the youth globally — it’s not just Afrobeat…Much like the movie is about America on one side and Africa, we could draw on the African genres you would expect but you also have R&B, hip-hop, house and so forth. ‘Black and White’ is a great example. It sounds like it could have been made in a studio in the U.S., and it’s a collaboration with an American artist, but Nasty C is as African as it gets.”
While Coming 2 America stars old favorites including Eddie Murphy, Shari Headly, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and John Amos, the highly anticipated sequel to 1988 classic’s cast is to be joined by South Africa’s Nomzamo Mbatha as a royal groomer called Mirembe. There are also rumors of an appearance by Afrobeats superstar Davido. Zamunda; the imaginary African country from the movie is to be maintained.
Check out Coming 2 America’s trailer here:
The album is curated by CEO, Universal Music South Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa Sipho Dlamini, who said that it was important for Def Jam Africa to be involved because the first film was so legendary to Africans in the diaspora.
Check out the full Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired by Coming 2 America tracklist below:
Black And White by Nasty C ft. Ari Lennox, which also serves as the album’s lead single is out now and can be streamed across major digital music downloading and streaming platforms here. Here’s its music video. 😊
Source: Def Jam