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These African Artists are in Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist

Every summer, Barack Obama releases his Summer Playlist, a collection of songs he’s been enjoying privately all year.

Sharing this year’s compilation, he said, “Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the summer—including songs from some of the artists at this week’s @DemConvention. Hope you enjoy it.”

A look at his 2020 playlist shows that the former American President has been vibing to music by and featuring African artists which is pleasing though not unexpected with how well Afrobeats and African music generally are doing globally.

Just released recently, Wizkid’s Smile Feat. H.E.R. stands out in the list as well as Jorja Smith’s Be Honest featuring Burna Boy. Know Your Worth Remix by Khalid and Disclosure Feat. Davido & Tems is also included in his 2020 Summer Playlist. Least surprising, Beyoncé’s Already Feat. Shatta Wale & Major Lazer also forms part of the songs Obama has been listening to so far.

See the remainder of the playlist below.

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