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

The rising hitmaker's debut single got a major cosign from the former president.

Rema is one of the Nigerian music's most promising new artists, and it seems that even Barack and Michelle Obama have taken notice.

The 19-year old artist has been included on the former first couple's annual summer playlist, which lists 44 tracks that their listening to from a variety of genres and time periods.

While the singer is best known for his breakout hit "Dumebi," which is arguably one of the most popular afropop singles of the year, the Obama's went with the artist's debut single "Iron Man" for their 2019 playlist. The artist thanked the Obamas, on Instagram, writing "Nigeria to the world."

"With summer winding down, here's a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow," wrote the former president on Instagram.


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While Rema is the sole artist representing for Nigeria on this year's list, the Obama's have also highlighted fellow newcomers like Koffee, Lil Nas X and Lizzo. Beyoncé's "MOOD 4EVA," a standout from her The Lion King: The Gift album, that features legendary Malian singer Oumou Sangaré also made the cut.

It's been a big year for African artists gaining international recognition, and Rema's inclusion on the list is only further proof of the growing influence of contemporary African sounds. It's also further proof that the Obamas' have great taste.

Check out the Obamas' full 2019 playlist below.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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