Top African artists featured on 'Coming 2 America' soundtrack
17 February 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Def Jam Recordings, in conjunction with Def Jam Africa, on Monday announced the release of 'Rhythms of Zamunda’, the original soundtrack of the sequel of Eddie's Murphy's 1988 classic, ‘Coming 2 America’.
The announcement comes a week after the movie's official trailer was released.
The collection features original songs from African artists including Nigeria's Tiwa Savage, Tekno and Larry Gaga.
Def Jam Recordings and Def Jam Africa said the soundtrack is inspired by the highly anticipated sequel to legacy comedy.
It is set for release on 5 March, the same day the movie will premiere on Amazon Prime.
Leading the project is South Africa's most-streamed artist, Nasty C.
The 16-track compilation was curated by Universal Music South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO, Sipho Dlamini.
"It was important for Def Jam Africa to be involved because the first film was so legendary to Africans in the diaspora," he said.
"The film franchise is tongue-in-cheek but conveys a rich quality of life in Africa. That is reflected in the music on ‘Rhythms of Zamunda’. We wanted to represent some of the sounds that are relevant, impactful, and current on the continent".
He also described the soundtrack as a Pan-African project that bridges the distance between countries and cultures.
The record also boasts contributions from the late DJ Arafat from Côte d'Ivoire, Prince Kaybee and Msaki of South Africa, and Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo.