It’s the new year and it’s safe to say fitness was at the top of some of our resolutions. Michelle Obama took to social media to share her 2020 work out playlist on Spotify.
The playlist features upbeat tracks like “Drogba (Joanna)” by Afro B, “One Kiss” from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, “Soulmate” by Lizzo and “Clique” by Kanye West, Big Sean and JAY-Z. She even threw in some nostalgic tunes like Jennifer Lopez’s “Feelin’ So Good” (feat. Big Fun and Fat Joe) and “Feels Good” by Tony! Toni! Toné!
Mrs. Obama also has you covered with the cooldown part of your work out. You can breathe and stretch to soothing records like “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean and “Show Me Love” by Alicia Keys (feat. Miguel).
The Obamas have built a reputation for sharing their music interests. Michelle Obama made a Valentine’s Day playlist for Barack Obama last year, and the former President closed 2019 sharing his favorite songs of 2019.
Listen to our forever First Lady’s playlist below:
International entertainer Burna Boy has plenty to talk about these days. This week, the popular musician pulls through to TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast to dish on everything from Beyoncé to the Grammys. Watch and comment below!
Today, Grammy nominated-rapper Burna Boy sits down with Elliott Wilson & Brian “B.Dot” Miller on TIDAL’s Rap Radar Podcast to discuss his international success. The African Giant singer delves into the interesting journey that led him to attain the only solo track on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift production, being managed by his mom, afro-identity, and why he’s not planning a Grammy speech. Burna Boy also shares a special BTS glimpse – the “Ye” record that cast a global spotlight on him was written in 10 minutes at the club.
For the past week, Cardi B has been the talk all over West Africa. In the grand countries of Nigeria and Ghana that is. Last weekend, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper made her first trip to the African continent to perform at the 1st annual LiveSpot X Music Festival. Her visit became the talk of the region the moment she boarded the plane to Nigeria and landed in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport located in the country’s largest city, Lagos on Friday, (Dec. 6).
Cardi did her due diligence and utilize social media as a tool to document her visit. The first stop was Nigeria. She stopped by one of Nigeria’s top-rated hit music stations, Cool FM and sat down with radio personalities N6 and Taymi B for a rather relaxing conversation about her life as an international superstar. It was at Cool FM where hosts Taymi B and N6 gave Cardi’s daughter Kulture, an honorary Nigerian name of Yoruba tribal descent, Ayomide which, according to Taymi B, means “my joy has come.”
Before her arrival, she adopted her own Nigerian name, another Yoruba name, Chioma B. She found inspiration of the name from Chioma Avril Rowland, the girlfriend of Afrobeats star Davido whom she has already collaborated with on his song “Fall.” It is safe to say, Cardi B has officially become an honorary Nigerian.
Following her interview with Cool FM, Cardi B attended her scheduled meet and greet at Eko Hotel, where she met with several Nigerian celebrities and fans, including Ghanaian Nollywood and Ghallywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, who happened to be in Nigeria at the time. The actress shared the moment on Instagram mentioning how Cardi B joked about how they looked alike.
“She said we look alike oo. Make una judge the matter…lol,” Ibrahim captioned.
On Friday night, Cardi B got the chance to experience the exclusive and lavish nightlife of Lagos. Cardi was spotted at a popular Lagos strip club making it rain on the lively strippers with Naira notes (Nigerian currency) the once exotic dancer described as being “lit” and “smelling good.” Davido managed to gift her with bottles of champagne to welcome her to Nigeria from aboard, as he was not in Nigeria during Cardi’s visit but Cardi received the love.
“My brother @davidoofficial thanks for the champagne even tho I drink beer”
She shared videos of the quirky lap dances she received that night on her Instagram stories and later admitted she even wanted to go back.
After painting the town of Lagos, the following day (Dec.7), Cardi B made way to see a true piece of rural Nigeria. According to Legit NG, she made a stop at the Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki and purchased millions of dollars worth of children based items of need. After the spree, she visited The Lion’s Village, an orphanage in the city of Lekki for motherless babies and showered the children with worthy gifts. This was the highlight of Cardi B’s trip to Africa, as it reflects her charitable side and profound love for the country. She shared the moment on Instagram with a heartfelt caption.
“Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit of more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future.People like YALL MATTER !”
Cardi B finally made history that night as she embarked on her first performance in the African continent at the Eko Atlantic. Dressed in a signature green and white ensemble emulating the Nigerian flag, Cardi performed a slew of her hits severing the Nigerian audience with a lingering electrifying appeal. She was joined by Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Zlatan as the headliner and ultimately made her mark in the beloved country.
In the company of Executive Director of Nigerian hospitality group, Cubana Group, and Naija influencer, Cubana ChiefPriest, Cardi B spent her last night in Nigeria partying with her fellow LiveSpot X headliners and other Naija celebrities.
Later, slated as the “Queen of Rap” by several Nigerian media outlets, including, African Glitz own Noellin, Cardi B made a tremendous mark in the respective country and has achieved a profound level of regard by Nigerian fans.
Cardi made her way to Ghana on Sunday (Dec. 8) for the Ghanaian portion of her headliner gig and was only in the cocoa-rich country for less than 24 hours. While it appears Cardi enjoyed the beauty of Ghana, her experience did not live up to her time in Nigeria.
Hours after her arrival, several Ghanaian celebrities including comedian Afia Schwarzenegger and Mona Montrage started to express their dissatisfaction with Cardi B on social media. According to the concerned Ghanaian celebs, Cardi B was scheduled to attend a meet and greet with Ghanaian celebrities moments after her arrival and ended up being a no-show. Afia “turned up” the most and took to Instagram to blast the Grammy Award winner for making her wait 7 hours to met her.
“I will NOT wait 4 hrs for Jesus….I wont do that for @iamcardib The cheap so called Celebrities are still waiting for their fellow human being till 8:40pm Whiles madam is on some coke n khebab”
After finding out about the backlash, Cardi clarified that she was not even aware of the meet and greet and saw some Ghanaian celebrities as she sat poolside eating a kebab at her hotel but no one approached her.
Cardi humbly apologized to Afia, and the two eventually hugged it out. The Ghanaian meet and greet eventually happened right before her performance taking place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. Ghanaian celebrities in the likes of actress Akuapem Poloo and singer Becca were the few celebrities in attendance.
Moments after the meet and greet it was time for Cardi’s second performance in Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium. According to African Glitz TV, several of the booked Ghanaian acts that were scheduled to perform before Cardi either were heavily late or did not show up. Ghanaian music stars Sarkodie and Shatta Wale were among the no shows. The eager crowd eventually became impatient and some audience members reacted by booing and throwing a league of plastic bottles towards the stage. Out of urgency to calm down the raging crowd, the organizers of LiveSpot decided to bring out Cardi B for an earlier than anticipated performance.
Cardi B immediately switched the arena to a legitimate hip-hop frenzy as she took the stage rocking the colors of Ghana, red, yellow, and green. This performance was nothing more of Cardi B at her purest without even trying, not to be. The mishaps that lead up to her performance did not hold the once angry crowd back from grooving along.
Cardi B’s trip to Africa is one for the books. It even caused some friendly tension between Nigerians and Ghanaians, which is a character result of the essentially seasoned friendly competition between the two countries. Using social media to share her experience, in ties with her infectious personality, Cardi potentially unearthed Nigeria’s steady-to-boom tourist scene, especially as she shocked a few viewers with Lagos’ lavish nightlife. For hip-hop culture, this is a win.
Watch Cardi B’s full LiveSpot X Festival performance in Nigeria captured by Legit TV:
Cardi B recently excited the hip-hop lovers of Africa when she confirmed her journey to the continent’s west coast on Thursday.
The Grammy award-winning rapper shared a video where she is seen on a plane swaying and twerking to her collaboration with Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Davido, the remix to his song “Fall.” In the caption, she commemorates her trip to the motherland continent.
“1:03am drop my KK in NY on my way to Afrriiiiicaaaaaaaaaa baybeeeee!!!!!!”
Cardi B will join the elite of the West African music scene to headline the first annual Livespot X Festival. The festival is set to take place in both Nigeria and Ghana for two days starting with Nigeria on Dec. 7 at Eko Atlantic City in Lagos. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper will join Nigerian megastars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Olamide as a headliner alongside fellow accompanying Nigerian artists and is also set to host a meet and greet under the banner ‘Convos with Cardi’ at Eko Hotel.
The Ghana portion of the festival will take place on the following day, Dec. 8 in Accra at the Accra Sports Stadium where Cardi is set to perform accompanying Ghanaian musicians Sarkodie, Samini, Becca and more.
This year’s Livespot X music festival appears to be centered around Cardi B’s arrival to the African continent, specifically Nigeria and Ghana with the large volume of marketing surrounding the Bronx-born megastar’s appearance. The chief creative director of Livespot360, Dare Art Alade, expressed the theme of the event to The Guardian Nigeria saying, “We know how much love the fans have for Cardi B and this was one of the reasons we chose to give fans a special experience to see the queen of hip-hop live in Lagos. However, we also are aware of the massive appeal of some of our Nigerian music acts. This show will not be complete without these music stars, and this is why we are thrilled to announce these performing acts for the Livespot X Festival.”
While Cardi B is not the first rapper to collaborate with an African artist, as proven through Meek Mill and Davido’s “Fans Mi,” and Wale’s heavy collab featuring Don Jazzy, Olamide and Reekado Banks “Allelu,” her recent trip to Africa might provide the extra push for cross over potential that several African musician’s desire.