Nigerian music icon WANDE COAL, known for his impeccable catalog of afropop classics, has shared his first project in five years, Realms, through producer Screwface‘s Starstruck Management and indie powerhouse EMPIRE.
Known to fans as “Black Diamond” and “King Coal,” Coal has assembled an impeccable set of tracks befitting his wide-ranging talents as a vocalist and songwriter.
One of the most revered African recording artists of the modern era, WANDE COAL is the voice behind afropop essentials “Iskaba” (2017), “So Mi So” (2018) and “My Woman, My Everything” with Patoranking (2015). As Antoinette Isama of Vibe noted in a rare profile on the elusive singer, “Wande Coal laid the foundation of the buzzing musical movement coming out of Nigeria today.” Today’s top afrobeats artists from Davido to Fireboy DML routinely cite him in interviews as a top influence and inspiration. As “Iskaba” producer DJ Tunez stated: “Wande is Africa’s number one vocalist… talent-wise, he’s that guy.”
“Wande has been the secret sauce behind every star we love from Africa,” says Tina Davis, head of A&R for EMPIRE. “It’s time we in America and abroad know his name and his talent. WANDE COAL is a true star and an incredibly talented writer as well.”
Sarz, the influential Nigerian producer known for his work with Wizkid, Beyoncé and Drake, brings the rhythm on “Vex,” a scintillating dance-floor heater that addresses the singer’s critics. With its emotive guitar plucks and tender, romantic lyrics, “Again” (produced by Melvitto and Screwface) is already on its way to becoming an afropop classic, having notched over 30 million streams and a marathon run on key African music charts this year.
The album’s brassy second single “Ode Lo Like,” takes aim at those who take entertainers for simple fools. And “Check,” produced by London’s Lekaa Beats, is a defiant, reggae-tinged anthem sure to inspire singalongs in the car and club. The breezy “Naughty Girl” and the high-energy banger “Ever Blazin” round out the EP, along with a new remix of “Again” featuring Nigerian-American rap star Wale.
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Tribe Urban Entertainment’s 3 Year Anniversary Celebrations & Official Building Launch
In celebration of our 3-year anniversary as an entertainment media production house, Tribe Urban Entertainment will be officially launching its state-of-the-art building on Thursday the 5th of August 2021.
For the last 3 years we have focused on developing a strong network within the broadcasting industry through our widely recognised radio station – Tribe Urban Radio. The station has helped to develop many individual’s dream of pursuing presenting on-air through our training and continuous mentoring.
Through its success forged forward to build its headquarters, in January 2020 with its early completion in August 2020. However, due to the effects of COVID-19 and government restrictions, Founded by Michael Bullion and Co-Founder Cynthia Tabi, Tribe Urban Entertainment has a very strong and bold vision to become the UK’s number one platform for creatives.
The founders collectively believe that for a long time black and minority ethnic minority individuals have always been given the short end of the stick especially when it comes to accessing the very best facilities at affordable prices – which are an important piece of the puzzle relevant to producing great content.
When you visit the headquarters also known as Tribe Urban Studios, you will notice that the decor, which was selected by the founder is nothing short of breath-taking as the colours and vibrance almost makes you feel as though you have entered a new world and dimension. From the lounge/Reception area, toilets, kitchen, music recording studio, visual studio and radio stations, the attention to detail and the quality of facilities are a very clear indication of just how serious the brand takes itself.
The vision however doesn’t stop there as Tribe Urban Entertainment’s commitment to developing new talent was taken a step further this year as we were thrilled to announce a close working relationship with the Department of Workplace Pensions through Greenwich Council to welcome 20 trainee media staff to our rota and family at Tribe Urban Entertainment. Our new trainee staff will be fulfilling a variety of roles which includes radio presenting, radio production, administration, marketing, content creation, graphic design, video editing and web development.
As a forward-thinking platform, Tribe Urban Entertainment has already begun plans to fuse the ever- growing black entertainment culture with the tech world thus creating something revolutionary. The clear offering our platform aims to give black creators the opportunity to showcase their talents with clear revenue generation matrix through our highly anticipated mobile app which shall be announced later in 2022.
It should be no surprise that Tribe Urban Entertainment is a platform which has all the intentions of being here to stay and make a name for itself in the industry. Our founder put it in simple terms, “My vision is for Tribe Urban Entertainment to be like SONY Entertainment but for black entertainers and creators globally’.
A visit to our facilities is strongly recommended in order for you to take in the experience yourself, interact with our professional and welcoming staff and even mess around with some of our state-of-the-art kits and gadgets. The company slogan “We are the Culture” is be-fitting of how you are made to feel when you visit our headquarters due to the cultural mix and diversity we display and celebrate.
Coming 2 America: Music From the Motion Picture and Rhythms of Zamunda Out Now
Set 30-plus years after the original film, which captured the hearts of millions around the world, this highly anticipated sequel promises to be an even bigger event than its predecessor. With two albums accompanying the film – Coming 2 America: Music From the Motion Picture and Rhythms of Zamunda… Music Inspired By Coming 2 America– Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and Alpha P join a select group of artists from around the continent whose music is also featured.
Still riding high from the December 2020 release of his debut album, Old Romance – and already boasting an impressive list of collaborators including Davido, Drake, Beyonce and more – the celebrated singer and producer will have not one, but two of his hit songs, Waka Waka featured on the official soundtrack and Skeletun on Rhythms of Zamunda.
Tiwa Savage graces both soundtracks with the female empowering single “Koroba” and the hypnotizing “Dangerous Love” taken from her album “Celia”. Tiwa continues to solidify her position as one of the leading artists in the forefront pushing Afrobeats to a global audience.
Rising star, Apple Music’s Artist of the Month, and Headies Rookie of the Year nominee, Alpha P has had a very productive 2020. With the inclusion of his single Jiggy Pop, which features TMXO, in the compilation, it’s clear that he’s only just getting started.
Also appearing on the compilation is the multi-talented producer, songwriter, recording artist, Larry Gaaga with his single Owo Ni Koko featuring Umuogbilibo. Gaaga is perhaps best known for his chart-topping hit, Low, which features Wizkid, and has amassed over 25 million views on Youtube.
The 16-track compilation was curated by CEO, Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Sipho Dlamini with the support of Universal Music Nigeria, Ivory Coast & Kenya.
This is a Pan-African project that bridges the gap between countries and cultures, Rhythms of Zamunda traces a musical roadmap through Western, Eastern, and South African soundscapes and introduces this synergy to listeners worldwide.
Check out the full track lists below:
COMING 2 AMERICA AMAZON ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
- Gett Off – Teyana Taylor, Jermaine Fowler & Brandon Rogers
- I’m A King – Bobby Sessions & Megan Thee Stallion
- We Got The Moves – Beau Young Prince
- Koroba – Tiwa Savage
- Go Big – YG feat. Big Sean
- Smash The Crowd – Public Enemy feat. Ice-T & PMD
- Assurance – Davido
- Waka Waka – Tekno
- Midnight Train From Zamunda – Gladys Knight
- Whatta King/We Are Family Mashup – En Vogue, Salt-N- Pepa, Randy Watson & Sexual Chocolate
- These Streets – Mi Casa
- Coming 2 America – John Legend & Burna Boy feat. Nile Rodgers
RHYTHMS OF ZAMUNDA: MUSIC INSPIRED BY COMING 2 AMERICA
- Black & White – Nasty C ft. Ari Lennox
- Owo Ni Koko – Larry Gaaga & Umuobiligbo
- Magnet – Locko
- Skeletun – Tekno
- Overdue – Tellaman Feat. Sha Sha & Oxlade
- Jiggy Bop – Alpha P & TMXO
- Dosabado – DJ Arafat
- Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee Feat. Msaki
- Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage (DJ Ganyani Amapiano Radio Edit Remix)
- Moya Omubi – Th&o.
- Hallelujah – Diamond Platnumz Feat. Morgan Heritage
- Ye Mama – Toofan Feat. Fally Ipupa
- Ain’t It True – Bonj
- Loke Loke – Gemini Major Feat. ANATII
- Shesha – De Mthuda & Njelic
- Everything – Ricky Tyler
Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack listen here
The Rhythms of Zamunda: Music inspired by Coming 2 America listen here
ALPHA P – WOLVES & MUSTANGS EP
Rising Nigerian recording artist, Alpha P, today releases “Wolves and Mustangs”, a 4-track EP, treating the Alpha pack (his fans) to full tracks of popular freestyles posted on his Instagram page earlier in the year and during the lockdown period.
Serving as the follow up to his debut EP “King of the Wolves” which dropped late last year, “Wolves and Mustangs” is an absolute blast from start to finish. It captures Alpha as he works his magic with a collection of mellow trap vibes, ride out music and chilled playlist jams which reflects every side of his sound. With just a handful of singles and feature from Psycho YP, the EP see’s Alpha speaking on his truths, love, girls, mustangs and God.
“Wolves & Mustangs is a very special project to me. I’m glad that it’s out right now, and the whole world gets to see and listen to my vision.”
Stream the EP and keep an eye out for more from this promising artist.