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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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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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