A former US president, Barack Obama, has listed Essence, a song from the “Made in Lagos” album of Nigerian musician, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, featuring Temilade Openyi, aka Tems, on the list of his favourite music for the year 2020.
Obama disclosed this in a post on Twitter on Saturday.
He also mentioned another song off Wizkid’s MIL album, Damage, which the Nigerian singer featured H.E.R., on the list.
According to the former US president, the list was compiled with “valuable consultation from our family music guru, Sasha”. Sasha is his second daughter.
Obama’s musical taste touches many genres, from rock (Bruce Springsteen’s Ghosts, Bob Dylan’s Goodbye Jimmy Reed, Jeff Tweedy’s Love Is the King) to pop (Dua Lipa’s Levitating, Jessie Ware’s Remember Where You Are) to rap (J. Cole’s The Climb Back, Travis Scott’s Franchise, Lil Baby’s The Bigger Picture) to country (Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over, Ruston Kelly’s Brave).
This comes as a part of Obama’s annual tradition of sharing his favourite entertainment programs, books, and music from the particular year.