As a continuation to the explosion of African music within the global airwaves, EMPIRE, the top record label in Nigeria, have brought 19 artists from six different African nations together to release its first-ever African compilation album titled Where We Come From (Vol. 1), as featured in Wonderland, featuring 15 exclusive new tracks from Afrobeats royalty Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Fireboy DML, Asake, and Kizz Daniel. The sounds traverse East, West and South of the continent, incorporating drill, amapiano, trap and Afrobeats in fashioning an album that at once sandwiches luxury between lust and love while also being a flag post to hedonism.
The album also comes with a cover art created by Nigerian artist Dricky Stickman, incorporating all 15 songs into this graphic – it illustrates unity, community and culture. According to EMPIRE’s Regional Head West Africa, Kareem Mobalaji, “This project is a perfect example of music having no limitations. Yes we are from Africa, but we are truly determined to reach the entire world with our voice which is music.”
This 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 SXSW, where the crowd saw performances by BNXN fka Buju, Cheque, Fireboy DML, June Freedom, L.A.X., Wande Coal, and other Afrobeat trailblazers, who are signed to EMPIRE. While new bonds were forged, Wande Coal says the familiarity among the performers also inspired the collaboration: “Everyone on this album is a family. We’re all involved in each other’s lives which makes it easy to bring out your best self when creating music.”
Also speaking about the project, Sak Pase, EMPIRE VP A&R adds that, “Africa is rich with some of the most talented creatives in the world. This compilation reflects EMPIRE’s continued commitment to community and culture. This body of work is the epitome of unity, community and culture. I look forward to the world’s continued embrace of African culture.”
EMPIRE is committed to furthering their artists existing success across the world by continuing to highlight the accomplishments of Nigerian artists like Fireboy DML, BNXN fka Buju, Olamide, KiDi, Black Sherif, and
Asake. Named as the top label in Nigeria, EMPIRE holds this title by market share and as the top music company with the most collective #1s in Nigeria by TurnTable Charts, the Billboard equivalent in Africa.
Artists across EMPIRE’s roster have dominated the charts across multiple platforms including Apple Music’s ‘Nigeria Top Songs’ chart. The label has seen recent success with Asake’s Mr. Money With The Vibe album, which became the highest charting Nigerian album on Billboard and the biggest Nigerian album in Apple Music history.
Fireboy DML also became the first African artist to perform at the BET Awards this year, while also having one of the biggest songs of the year in the UK. Kizz Daniel broke the record as the most streamed artist on Boomplay, while KiDi went platinum in India for his hot single ‘Touch It’ featuring multi-platinum recording artist Tyga, 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 Founder and CEO says. “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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