Coming to America Soundtrack

Coming to America Soundtrack


Vocal Song Tracks

Coming to America featured the following songs:

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Artists are linked if they appear in other featured movies.

The Cover Girls
Michael Rodgers
Nona Hendrix
I Got It
Eddie Murphy
Ooo Baby Baby
Pride And Joy
To Be Loved
Jackie Wilson
You're A Wonderful One
Queen To Be
Paul Bates
Let Your Soul Glo
Soul Glo
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A soundtrack was released for the movie with many of the songs from the movie. Be warned though, like so many soundtrack CD's it didn't include any of the instrumental music composed by Nile Rodgers. We get a lot of enquiries about the instrumental music from the opening scenes, through Akeem's arrival in queens through to the wedding ceremony. As far as we know it has never been released on any format.

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Song Trivia

Thanks to Big Kev
The opening credits music sequence is by South African Accapella Group "Ladysmith Black Mambazo" who were featured a few years earlier on Paul Simons 1986 "Graceland" Album on hits such as "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes", "Homeless", etc... The song was an acapella version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
Thanks to Amy
Arista-signed female vocal group Expose recorded their hit song, "What You Don't Know" for the movie "Coming to America" in 1988, but their management held off including it in the movie for fear the group would be overexposed at the time. It was later released in 1989 on the LP of the same name. (They had racked up 4 consecutive Top 10 hits.)
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The song that is playing at the beginning of the New York club sequence is a song called, "I Got It," performed by Eddie Murphy.
Thanks to Roger Morgan
The incidental music running as the king is driven through New York to find Akeem is featured in drumline played by the A&T drumline. The track is called 'King's motorcade'.

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Instrumental Score

Primary Composer(s): Nile Rodgers

Coming to America featured the following pieces of instrumental music:

Composers are linked if they worked on other featured movies.

Mbube (AKA: The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Intro Credit
Nile Rodgers
Akeem Wakes Up
Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers
Happy Birthday
Nile Rodgers
Akeem's Party
Nile Rodgers
Introduction of the Bride
Nile Rodgers
Going to America
Nile Rodgers
New York City
Nile Rodgers
Date with Lisa
Nile Rodgers
Walking with Lisa
Nile Rodgers
The King's Motorcade
Nile Rodgers
The King's Entourage Part 2
Nile Rodgers
Going after Lisa
Nile Rodgers
Turned Down
Nile Rodgers
Going Home
Nile Rodgers
The Wedding
Nile Rodgers
End Credits
Nile Rodgers
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The intro music at the VERY beginning of the movie is called Mbube by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Update Us

Score Trivia

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