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Burna Boy, Rema, Angelique Kidjo make Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list3 minutes read

Both musicians are the only Nigerians on the list with both records nestling alongside 32 others

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Burna Boy, Rema make Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list
Barack Obama releases a yearly list of his favourite songs. (The Peak)

Rema’s ‘Iron Man’, Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’ and Angelique Kidjo’s ‘La Vida es Un Carnaval’, have made former U.S. president, Barrack Obama’s favourite music of 2019 list.

Obama disclosed this on Twitter on Monday, tagging the annual list a “favourite tradition.”

Both musicians are the only Nigerians on the list with both records nestling alongside 32 others.

Housed under his successful “African Giant” album, Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’, was undoubtedly one of the most popular Nigerian records of 2019. It was featured on ‘Ballers’, a popular American TV series in September 2019.

Rema’s ‘Iron man’ polarized audiences as the first release from the 19-year-old Mavin singer who has enjoyed a successful debut year. 

This is the second time Obama has co-signed the record. Back in August, ‘Iron Man’ had earlier made it to The Obamas’ 2019 Summer Playlist as the only Nigerian on the list.

Announcing his list on Twitter, 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 favourite 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.

See the full list of Obama’s 2019 favourite tracks below:

  • Barack Obama’s favourite music of 2019:
  • ‘Playing Games’ – Summer Walker
  • ‘Not’ – Big Thief
  • ‘Go DJ’ – Kaytrana featuring SIR
  • ‘Juice’ – Lizzo
  • ‘Redesigning Women’ – The Highwomen
  • ‘Anybody’ – Burna Boy
  • ‘Burning’ – Maggie Rogers.
  • ‘Baila Baila Baila (Remix) – Ozuna featuring Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko and Anuel AA.
  • ‘Different Kind of Love’ – Adia Victoria.
  • ‘Change’ – Mavis Staples.
  • ‘Toast’ – Koffee.
  • ‘Oblivions’ – The National.
  • ‘Binz’ – Solange.
  • ‘Seventeen’ – Sharon Van Etten.
  • ‘Middle Child’ – J. Cole.
  • ‘Jicama’ – Angelica Garcia.
  • ‘Go’ – The Black Keys.
  • ‘La Vida es Un Carnaval’ – Angelique Kidjo.
  • ‘Show Me Love’ – Alicia Keys featuring Miguel.
  • ‘Joke Ting’ – Goldlink featuring Ari Pensmith.
  • ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’ – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • ‘Cold/Mess’ – Prateek Kuhad.
  • ‘Suge’ – Dababy.
  • ‘Hello Sunshine’ – Bruce Springsteen.
  • ‘In My Room’ – Frank Ocean.
  • ‘Iron Man’ – Rema.
  • ‘The London’ – Young Thug featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott.
  • ‘Raleighwood Hills’ – Lesthegenius featuring Sonny Miles and Jaxson Free.
  • ‘Pure Water’ – Mustard featuring Migos.
  • ‘3 Nights’ – Dominic Fike.
  • ‘The Fact of Love’ – Joe Henry.
  • ‘Con Altura’ – Rosalia.
  • ‘I Want You Around’ – Snoh Aalegra.
  • ‘On Chill’ – Wale featuring Jeremih.
  • ‘Mood 4 Eva’ – Beyonce.

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2Baba releases new album “Warriors”

The album is a key offering in the celebration of 2Baba’s 20 Years A King project.

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Award-winning Afropop icon 2Baba has released his new album titled “Warriors” earlier today, February 28. This album is released as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) celebration, commemorating the two decades he has spent in the Nigerian music industry.

This new album contains just 13 tracks including previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The production of the album is handled by a galaxy of PBanks, Spelz, Blaq Jeerzy, Bolji Beatz, Speroach Beatz, Richie, Ploops and his longtime collaborator, Jay Sleek.

Interestingly, this is the first 2Baba album that comes with a title track, which also serves as the opener of the full-length project.

On Tuesday, February 25, the celebrated singer held a well-attended listening party for the album at the Artisan Lounge bar, Lagos.

His seventh studio album, “Warriors” is the long-overdue follow up to “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release in 2014.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series

This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.

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Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.

This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others. 

Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.

This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. 

“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men. 

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Pilani Bubu to launch new album, “Folklore – Chapter 1”

This full-length project was released in November last year.

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South African soul singer Pilani Bubu is set to hold a launch party for her latest album “Folklore – Chapter 1” later today, 27 February. This event is set to take place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the launch today, Bubu will perform live with a full band featuring Luke van der Merwe, Bheka Mthethwa and many others.

“My approach has always been to perform my music for at least two years live before recording,” Bubu said. “It often grows and new ideas come in.

My band members are also involved in the making of the album,” she says.

Released in November 2019, “Folklore – Chapter 1” contains a total of 17 songs and features appearances from Lebo Mochudi, Billy Monama, and others. It is the follow up to her 8-track sophomore album, “Warrior of Light” which was released to good reviews in 2016.

“Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared among a people, captured through various art forms inclusive of traditional beliefs, customs, proverbs, sayings and tales passed on through generations by word of mouth.

“In this album series I want to treasure traditional folk music, giving it a more contemporary setting, renewed meaning and more context,” she revealed about the new album.

“Folklore – Chapter 1” was produced by a team of Bheka Mthethwa, Billy Monama, Robin Fernie while Troy Lilley handled the engineering.

The album is currently available on all major streaming platforms and physical copies would be sold at the event.

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