The Obama summer playlist of 2019 was heavy on Burna Boy featuring the hits “Nobody” and “Ye”. Barack Obama’s summer playlist 2020 has some Burna boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tems and Ghanaian artist Shatta Wale.
Unlike the 2019 list, all the songs by African artists that feature are not solo acts but rather collabos. What does this say about African music in 2020? Well, it is the year of the collabos with Africa’s leading artists using the gift of collaboration to spread their wings globally.
Moreover, we can interpret this trend as affirming Afrobeats and Afro music as the biggest thing out there now. Some of the biggest names in the game from Jorja Smith, HER, Beyonce and Khalid want in. The result has been some stellar collaborations that Obama is bumping to this summer.
“Be Honest” by Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy
Definitely our pick of songs featuring Afrobeats stars in Barack Obama’s summer playlist 2020. The vibes in this hit by British artist Jorja Smith featuring Nigerian dynamo Burna Boy just like summer weather, get’s one hot under the collar.
Watch “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith feat. Burna Boy on YouTube
“Smile” by Wizkid feat. HER
If ever there’s an injustice to Afrobeats fans in 2020, it has to be the delayed release of Wizkid’s fourth studio LP Made in Lagos. Obama picking the groovy and mature “Smile” by Wizkid featuring American Grammy award winner HER within weeks of its release only serves to remind us of what should be.
Listen to “Smile” by Wizkid feat. HER on YouTube
“Know Your Worth (Remix)” by Khalid feat. Davido and Tems
Released in April of 2020, American singer-songwriter Khalid got 2018 BET “Best International Act” winner Davido, and the Nigerian reincarnation of Tracy Chapman, Tems, on the track.
The result has been described by OkayAfrica’s Rufaro Samanga as “a textured production which retains the laid-back feel of the original while fusing elements of Afrobeats and dancehall.”
Watch “Know your Worth (Remix)” by Khalid feat. Davido and Tems on YouTube
“Already” by Beyonce feat. Shatta Wale
The video to “Already” by Beyonce feat. Shatta Wale and the Jamaican-American electronic dance musical trio of record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums, was released end of July 2020. It has already geared north of nineteen million views three weeks into August.
“Already” is part of the -ish -ish received musical visual album by the American star, Black is King, released on 31st July 2020. It is off the collaborative 2019 Lion King: The Gift album, which the “Queen of Africa” described as her “love letter to Africa”.
Watch “Already” by Beyonce feat. Shatta Wale on YouTube
In full: Obama summer playlist 2020
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