EMPIRE home to a host of African creatives has announced its inaugural African compilation album, Where We Come From(Vol. 1), on Friday, October 14. It will feature Fireboy DML, BNXN fka Buju, Olamide, Wande Coal, L.A.X. and more.
Kizz Daniel flagged off the LP dropping the first single Cough (Odo) today.
“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,” chimmed BNXN.
EMPIRE added a new division, EMPIRE Africa, in February 2022 and, just one month later, took some of its blooming roster of Afrobeats acts — including BNXN, Fireboy DML, L.A.X., Cheque and Wande Coal — from Nigeria to Austin, Texas to perform during “The New Africa” showcase at SXSW, which EMPIRE hosted with Pandora.
EMPIRE CEO/founder Ghazi said they were “fortunate enough” to record Where We Come From (Vol. 1) shortly after the event, when artists BNXN, Fireboy DML, L.A.X., Cheque and Wande Coal banded together during a writing camp at EMPIRE’s San Francisco headquarters.
He added that, “The artists from Africa really transcend where music is today. This is a legendary moment for EMPIRE to be able to share incredible African music with the world,”
Ezegozie Eze, vp, strategy and market development for EMPIRE Africa commented on the project saying that:
“This album is a collective of multi-talented, independent artists, who we’ve partnered with to help create a legacy. Building this brick by brick has allowed us to develop a chemistry between this diverse catalog of African artists and we’re extremely appreciative of the time and dedication it took to put this together.”
Music and artists from Africa have grown more prominent in the global music scene over the last few years, and have gained more recognition from the west. We’ve seen crossover hits such as Wizkid and Tems’ “Essence,” Fireboy’s “Peru” and Burna Boy’s “Last Last,” the latter of which recently earned the Nigerian Afro-fusion superstar his first No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.