The top independent record label EMPIRE announces the release of ”Where We Come From (Vol.1)” album, its the first-ever Africa compilation album, as a continuation of the upsurge in African music playing on American radiowaves (Vol. 1).
Kizz Daniel, a celebrated Nigerian singer-songwriter, has already released the project’s first track, “Cough (Odo),” in conjunction with this announcement.
Where We Come From (Vol. 1) is a testament to Africa’s capacity to promote togetherness through music and is intended to highlight the rising talent from their constantly expanding roster on the continent. Bnxn fka Buju stated, “Working on this album has been one of the pleasures of my career.”
“I consider myself fortunate to have been in the presence of so much skill, fervor, and inventiveness in one place. We accomplished the goal of showing the finest that Africa has to offer in this album.
The compilation project is a collection of body of work produced during a writing camp held at EMPIRE‘s San Francisco headquarters immediately after their debut performance of “The New Africa” on the second night of SXSW in March. Bnxn fka Buju, Cheque, Fireboy DML, June Freedom, L.A.X., Wande Coal, and more EMPIRE-signed African music pioneers performed for the audience.
On the upcoming album, artists like Fireboy DML, Olamide, Bnxn fka Buju, Navy Kenzo, Wande Coal, Tolani, Black Sherif, Leil, Kizz Daniel, L.A.X, and others will be featured.
“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.”
By emphasizing and advancing the exploits of Nigerian and Ghanaian musicians like Fireboy DML, Bnxn fka Buju, Olamide, KiDi, Black Sherif, and Asake, EMPIRE Africa expanded EMPIRE’s already-existing popularity in America. According to TurnTable Charts, the African version of Billboard, EMPIRE has been ranked as Nigeria’s top label by market share and as the top music firm with the most individual No. 1 singles.
The top 35 tracks on Apple Music’s “Nigeria Top Songs” charts were dominated by artists from throughout EMPIRE’s African roster, and the #1 Top Single was held for more than 25 weeks on TurnTable Charts.
The African version of Billboard. The top 35 tracks on Apple Music’s “Nigeria Top Songs” charts were dominated by artists from throughout EMPIRE’s African roster, and the #1 Top Single was held for more than 25 weeks on TurnTable Charts.
With Asake’s Mr. Money With The Vibe breaking records as the most streamed artist on Boomplay, becoming the biggest Nigerian album in Apple Music history (globally), becoming the highest charting debut Nigerian album of all time on the Billboard 200, becoming the first African artist to perform at the 2022 BET Awards, Kizz Daniel breaking records as the most streamed artist on Boomplay, and KiDi reaching platinum status in India for his hot single “Touch It” featuring multi-platinum and Black Sheriff gaining 75+ million audio streams for “Kwaku the Traveller” in just one month.
“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.”