As a continuation of the explosion of African music, leading independent record label, publishing and distribution platform, EMPIRE releases its first-ever Africa compilation album titled Where We Come From (Vol. 1). Highlighting the rising talents from their ever-growing roster on the continent, the project is a testament to Africa’s ability to foster unity through music.
“Working on this album has been one of the highlights of my career,” BNXN fka Buju said. “I feel blessed to have been around so much talent, drive, and creativity all in the same room. This album is about showcasing the best that Africa has to offer, and we’ve done that.”
The compilation project is a body of work created during the writing camp at EMPIRE’s headquarters in San Francisco directly following their first showcase The New Africa during the second night of SXSW in March. Artistes spotlighted on the 15-track LP include Kizz Daniel, Fireboy DML, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Asake, BNXN fka Buju, Navy Kenzo, Wande Coal, Tolani, Black Sherif, Leil, L.A.X, Bad Boy Timz, Cheque, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, June Freedom, Yaw Tog and Group Chat. The home bases of these artistes compasses Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Morocco, and Cape Verde.
“This album is a collective of multi-talented, independent artists, who we’ve partnered with to help create a legacy of cultural appreciation and collaboration,” Ezegozie Eze, Jr., VP, Strategy and Market Development – Africa & Diaspora said. “Building this platform is one way we plan to further highlight the soundscapes of Africa and the diversity of its artists. It’s a celebration of familiar sounds and the emerging fusions, of familiar voices and rising stars. We’re extremely appreciative of the time and dedication it took everyone involved to put this together.”
EMPIRE Africa globalized EMPIRE’s existing success in America by further highlighting and developing the accomplishments of several African artistes like Fireboy DML, BNXN fka Buju, Olamide, KiDi, Black Sherif, Asake amd lots more. Named as the top label in Nigeria, EMPIRE holds this title by market share and as the top music company with the collective most No. 1’s in Nigeria according to TurnTable Charts, the Billboard equivalent in Africa.
“The artists from Africa really transcend where music is today,” Ghazi, EMPIRE CEO and Founder said. “This is a legendary moment for EMPIRE to be able to share incredible African music with the world, much of which we were fortunate enough to record at our studio here in San Francisco.”
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