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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 23: Burna Boy performs onstage at the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party at Hollywood Athletic Club on January 23, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Here Are the African Artists on Barack Obama's 2020 Summer Playlist

From Davido and Shatta Wale to Wizkid and Burna Boy, these are just some of the African artists who've been featured on former President Barack Obama's summer playlist.

Former American President Barack Obama recently shared his annual summer playlist. While the entire playlist is straight fire with the likes of Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix" and Frank Ocean's "Cayendo", it's the African heat that's certainly won our attention. From Davido and Shatta Wale to Wizkid and Burna Boy, these are just some of the dope African artists who've been featured on the former stateman's summer playlist.


READ: This Song By Nigerian Artist Rema Made It On the Obamas' 2019 Summer Playlist

Afrobeats prince Davido and fellow Nigerian alt-R&B singer Tems feature on the playlist for their "Know Your Worth (Remix)" collaboration with American crooner Khalid and the English duo, Disclosure. Jamaican talents Popcaan ("Twist & Turn" ft Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR), Princess Nokia ("Gemini"), Koffee ("Don't Walk Away" collaboration with John Legend) and the legendary Bob Marley & The Wailers ("Could You Be Loved") are also featured on the list.

Unsurprisingly, Shatta Wale and Major Lazer are on the list for their epic collaboration "Already" collaboration with Beyoncé. The riveting music video for the track dropped at the end of last month, shortly before the Black is King visual album featuring numerous African talents was released.

African Giant Burna Boy is most certainly on this playlist for his platinum-certified "Be Honest" track where he recruited the soulful Jorja Smith. Burna Boy released his much-anticipated Twice As Tall album last week and it certainly lives up to its name. Fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid is also on the playlist for his "Smile" collaboration with H.E.R. which was released mid-July of this year.

Last, but certainly not least is British-Nigerian rapper and singer Little Simz whose "one life, might live" is an undeniable banger.

Check out the rest of Obama's summer playlist below.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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