Rhythms of Zamunda is the compilation that accompanies the release of the Coming 2 America film. The 1988 movie took audiences to the fictional land of Zamunda.
To help tell the story music by many African acts is included in the new movie. In addition, a compilation that mirrors some of the themes in Coming 2 America has been released by Def Jam Africa, a division of the Universal Music Group.
Black & White single
From amapiano to zouglou-inspired songs, Rhythms of Zamunda is a 16-track body of work that traverses western, eastern and southern African soundscapes to connect with northern America and the globe. It features genres introduced by the likes of Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and Tekno, the late DJ Arafat from Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa’s Prince Kaybee and Msaki, as well as Fally Ipupa from the DRC.
The lead single from Rhythms of Zamunda is Black & White by Nasty C. The hip hop artist also features American soul singer Ari Lennox. “I am honoured to be representing Africa in such a monumental moment, celebrating the best of black creatives,” Nasty C says.
Creativity is at the core of Diamond Platnumz’s Hallelujah featuring Morgan Heritage. The Tanzanian bongo flava crooner considers himself blessed to contribute to African artists being seen as world-class. He adds, “I’m so excited because there is great chemistry between our music and Coming 2 America.”
The compilation is felicitous. Togolese muso Toofan’s Ye Mama is another standout track. “Associating African artists with the movie sequel over 30 years later is a symbol of the increasingly important place that African music holds globally. It’s about time African inspirations take on the world stage.”
Rhythms of Zamunda tracklisting
Black & White – Nasty C ft. Ari Lennox
Owo Ni Koko – Larry Gaaga & Umuobiligbo
Magnet – Locko
Skeletun – Tekno
Overdue – Tellaman Feat. Sha Sha & Oxlade
Jiggy Bop – Alpha P & TMXO
Dosabado – DJ Arafat
Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee Feat. Msaki
Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage (DJ Ganyani Amapiano Radio Edit Remix)
Moya Omubi – Th&o
Hallelujah – Diamond Platnumz Feat. Morgan Heritage
Ye Mama – Toofan Feat. Fally Ipupa
Ain’t It True – Bonj
Loke Loke – Gemini Major Feat. ANATII
Shesha – De Mthuda & Njelic
Everything – Ricky Tyler
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