The songs of two Nigerian artistes titled: ‘Anybody’ by Burna Boy and ‘Iron Man’ by Rema, have made the 2019 favourite music list of former U.S. president, Barrack Obama.
Mr Obama, on Monday night revealed this development on Twitter tagging the annual list as a “favourite tradition.”
Interestingly, Burna Boy and Rema are the only Nigerian musicians on the list, while their famous tracks were mentioned alongside 32 other songs.
Before this new feat from Burna Boy, his song ‘Anybody’, was featured on a popular American TV series known as ‘Ballers’, in September 2019.
Also, the track is one of the songs off his ‘African Giant’ album released on the heels of his energetic performance at this year’s Coachella.
Other feats Burna Boy’s album has achieved are hits like ‘Killin Dem’ featuring Zlatan, ‘Anybody’ and ‘Dangote’, not leavig behid several international collaborations.
As for Rema, this is not the first recognition of his song by the former America president. In August last year, the same song ‘Iron Man’, made it to The Obamas’ Summer Playlist last year.
Don Jazzy’s youngest signee was the only Nigerian artist on the list. Evenlthough ‘Dumebi’ is Rema’s biggest song at the moment, it appears Obama prefers the singer’s debut single ‘Iron Man.’
Rema who is already seen as one of Nigeria’s most promising new artists, attracted the interest of Obama. He also went ahead to announce his list on Twitter.
In his words, Obama wrote, “From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year”.
“If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”
Besides a track from Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars,” songs by Mavis Staples, DaBaby, Frank Ocean, Joe Henry, Beyonce and Solange, also made theme cut.
Unlike his books and movies/TV lists, which he posted over the weekend, Obama’s music list comes with a bonus; a Spotify playlist.
Obama’s list of favorite songs from 2018 included songs by Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Ashley McBryde, as well as Cardi B, Lord Huron, Kurt Vile, Hozier, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Khalid and Leon Bridges.