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Def Jam Africa Releases Tracklist for 'Coming 2 America' Album

Def Jam Africa Releases Tracklist for 'Coming 2 America' Album

'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 a number of African artists including Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Prince Kaybee, Fally Ipupa, Diamond Platnumz, Sha Sha, Tekno 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.

READ: The Trailer for 'Coming 2 America' Is Here and It Looks As Iconic As the First

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. The first track of the album is Nasty C and Ari Lennox's "Black and White" whose romantic music video was released just yesterday.

Speaking about the album in an exclusive withVariety, CEO of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan South Africa, Sipho Dlamini, says the following:

"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 favourites including Eddie Murphy, Shari Headly, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and John Amos, South Africa's Nomzamo Mbatha joins the cast as a royal groomer called Mirembe. There are also rumours of an appearance by Afrobeats superstar Davido.

Check out the full tracklist below:

1. Black And White – Nasty C ft. Ari Lennox
2. Owo Ni Koko – Larry Gaaga & Umuobiligbo
3. Magnet – Locko
4. Skeletun – Tekno
5. Overdue – Tellaman Feat. Sha Sha
6. Jiggy Bop – Alpha P & TMXO
7. Dosabado – DJ Arafat
8. Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee Feat. Msaki
9. Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage (DJ Ganyani Amapiano Radio Edit Remix)
10. Moya Omubi – Th&o.
11. Hallelujah – Diamond Platnumz Feat. Morgan Heritage
12. Ye Mama – Toofan Feat. Fally Ipupa
13. Ain't It True – Bonj
14. Loke Loke – Gemini Major Feat. ANATII
15. Shesha – De Mthuda & Njelic
16. Everything – Ricky Tyler

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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