Barack Obama, the 44th US President, has continued his annual tradition of sharing his summer playlist, and this year, the Afrobeats genre takes the spotlight.
On July 20, 2023, Obama unveiled his carefully curated selection of songs for the summer, and two Nigerian artists have proudly earned their spots.
Leading the pack is the Nigerian Grammy-winning superstar, Burna Boy, whose latest record ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ has made it onto Obama’s prestigious playlist.
Burna Boy’s distinctive style and undeniable talent have earned him international acclaim, and this inclusion in Obama’s playlist further solidifies his status as a global music icon.
Joining Burna Boy on the list is another Nigerian sensation, Ayra Starr, whose 2023 release ‘Sability’ showcases her remarkable vocal prowess and artistic flair.
Like I do every year, here are some songs I’ve been listening to this summer — a mix of old and new. Look forward to hearing what I’ve missed. pic.twitter.com/H2Do2iaD1p
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2023
Ayra Starr’s emergence as a rising star in the music industry has not gone unnoticed, and being featured on Obama’s summer playlist is a testament to her incredible talent.
The presence of these Nigerian artists on Obama’s playlist underscores the growing influence of Afrobeats on the global music scene.
Known for its infectious rhythms and captivating melodies, Afrobeats has captivated listeners worldwide, transcending cultural boundaries and finding a place in the hearts of music enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.
Obama’s playlist isn’t just a celebration of Afrobeats, though. It brings together an impressive array of international superstars, such as Jorja Smith, SZA, J Hus, Drake, Nas, and Rosalia, alongside the Nigerian talents.
For Burna Boy, this isn’t the first time his music has caught the attention of the former US President. His track ‘Last Last’ was featured on Obama’s annual summer playlist in 2022, and Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush’ also made an appearance on his 2022 end-of-the-year playlist.
In the past, other Nigerian artists like Wizkid, Rema, and Tems have had the honour of being featured on Obama’s playlists, further highlighting the incredible talent emanating from Nigeria’s vibrant music industry.