Nigeria’s Burna Boy the only African artiste to make Biden-Harris inauguration playlist

Mildred Europa Taylor January 20, 2021
Burna Boy is the first African to have three albums streamed separately 100 million times on Spotify. Photo: Burna Boy

Nigerian superstar Burna Boy seems to be a favorite in the White House. In 2019, he made the playlist of former U.S. President Barack Obama and then that of Michelle Obama in 2020. Now, the musician’s hit track ‘Destiny’ has been featured on the official inauguration playlist of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

This makes Burna Boy the only Nigerian and African artiste on the playlist. ‘Destiny’ is the 13th track on the music star’s Grammy-nominated ‘African Giant’ album.

The inauguration playlist, which includes 46 songs from various artistes, will give Americans the opportunity to participate in the ceremony from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said. Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the playlist’s objective is to “honor music as a consistent vehicle that has kept us connected through a challenging year”.

“These songs and artistes reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America. They are the score to a new chapter and will help bring people together as the Biden-Harris Administration begins its important work to unite our country,’’ he said.

Issa Rae’s Raedio and DJ D-Nice worked with the inaugural committee to curate the collection of songs. “We know that music has the power to bring people together, and after a year of national challenges and division, we hope this collection serves as an indication of a new beginning, positive change and a reminder that music of all types is a common language,” Raedio president, Benoni Tagoe, said.

Apart from Burna Boy’s ‘Destiny’, other songs from top artistes that made the playlist include Beyoncé’s ‘Find Your Way Back’, Bob Marley and Di Wailers’ ‘Could You Be Loved’, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige’s ‘Now Or Never’, and Biden-Harris campaign’s celebratory theme song, ‘Higher Love’ by Kygo and Whitney Houston.

The playlist is now available on Soundcloud, Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL.

Here are all the songs on the playlist:

KOTA the Friend- Lupita’s interlude

The Beatles – Come together

Jason Derulo – Pick up the pieces

Bruce Springsteen – We take care of our won

Daryl Hall and John Oates- You make my dreams come true

The Weeknd- What you need

Mac Miller- Blue World

Heatwave- The Groove line

A Tribe Called Quest -Award Tour

MF Doom – Coffin Nails

Free Nationals- Eternal light

Burna Boy- Destiny

Led Zeppelin- Fool in the rain

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved

Curtis Mayfield -Move on Up

Jill Scott- Golden

The Impressions -We’re a Winner

Dua Lipa – Levitating

The Doobie Brothers- What a Fool Believes

Bill Withers- Lovely Day

Chris Brown- Mirage

Shania Twain- Still the One

Oddisee- That’s Love

Anitta, Major Lazer- Make It Hot

Whitney Houston, Kygo- Higher Love

Earth, Wind & Fire- That’s the Way of the World

Vampire Weekend- Unbelievers


Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

SZA- Good Days

Vampire Weekend- Step

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 20, 2021


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