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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.


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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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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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