Caribbean Entertainment – Two Reggae Songs Make Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist


Protoje and Koffee’s “Switch It Up” made former President Barack Obama’s summer playlist. (Image by Yannick Reid)
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By publisher NAN ET

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri July 16, 2021: Two reggae songs made the 38th summer playlist of the 44th President, Barack Obama.

Obama recently unveiled his 38-song summer playlist and Jamaican reggae star Protoje’s “Switch It Up” feat. Koffee ranked at number 2.

The track is taken from his 2020 album In Search of Lost Time and comes right after his last video for “Self Defense”, another gem of ‘In Search of Lost Time, ‘ released this week.

The classic reggae anthem, Exodus, by reggae legend Bob Marley and the Wailers is also on Barack Obama’s playlist.

Obama’s list also includes “Desperado” from Caribbean star Rihanna.

See Switch It Up with Koffee here

“Switch It Up” was produced by Winta James. The video made by Xtreme Arts also features Lila Iké, Sevana, Jaz Elise, Royal Blu and Jesse Royal. All except the latter contributed backing vocals for the song. Jamaican contemporary Chronixx also lends his voice to the song’s chorus.

The collective effort of “Switch It Up” sums up how Protoje plays an important role in Jamaican music as a whole. Protoje is the founder of the label and artist management company In.Digg.Nation Collective, home to some of the island’s most promising artists, including himself, Iké, Sevana and Elise. The contingent redefines the sound of Jamaican music, a palette steeped in genre while staying true to the sounds of their native island.


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