Obama’s 2023 Playlist Features Multiple Hit Songs By Top Nigerian Artists. Former U.S. President Barack Obama released his annual playlist of favorite songs on Friday, highlighting numerous Nigerian hits reflecting his appreciation of African music.
The curated selection includes “Unavailable” by Davido feat. Musa Keys, “Amapiano” by Asake feat. Olamide, “Me & U” by Tems, and “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” by Burna Boy feat. 21 Savage.
South African singer Tyla’s “Water” also earned a spot on Obama’s globally diverse list spanning pop, hip-hop, Latin, reggae and more genres.
By sharing these songs with his massive following, Obama amplified breakout Nigerian artists who defined Africa’s music scene in 2023.
Their inclusion follows Obama’s visit to Nigeria in 2015 and reflects his continued engagement with contemporary African culture.
Many praised the former president’s playlist for transcending mainstream American music and exposing diverse talent. Obama encouraged people worldwide to recommend emerging artists for next year’s compilation.
The prominent featuring of Nigerian hits indicates Obama’s genuine appreciation for Afropop and its accelerated crossover appeal. It spotlights Nigeria’s cultural influence as its stars gain global fame.