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The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama has once again listed songs recorded by Jamaican artistes on his annual Summer playlist.

The list which comprises of 53 songs was published on Monday on his Instagram page. It sees Koffee and John Legend’s Don’t Walk Away at number three, Twist & Turn by Popcaan and PARTYNEXTDOOR at number 14 while Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley and the Wailers holds the number 16 spot.

This is the second time Grammy-award winning artiste Koffee (given name Mikayla Simpson) is making Obama’s Summer playlist. Last year, her hit Toast was ranked 28th among 44 songs.

In Monday’s post, he noted that the songs listed were all favourites of his family, which includes his wife, Michelle and his two daughters.

“Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the summer––including songs from some of the artists performing at this week’s @DemConvention. As always, it’s a mix of genres that travels through various eras. I think there’s something in here for everybody––hope you enjoy it,” Obama wrote.

Other notable acts on the list include Rihanna, J. Cole, Stevie Wonder and Frank Ocean.

Don’t Walk Away is among five collaborations on John Legend’s sixth studio album titled When Bigger Love which bears the Columbia Records imprint. Koffee is signed to the American label, which is owned by Sony Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Twist & Turn forms part of Popcaan’s recently released Fixtape that was produced by Creep Chromatic. The 19-track project also features Skillibeng as well as other international acts like French Montana and Drake

Popcaan (given name Andre Sutherland) is a protégé of imprisoned deejay Vybz Kartel.

He has had a following in the UK since 2007 when he and Kartel had the hit song Clarks.

He is currently signed to OVO, a company owned by Canadian star Drake.

Of course, Bob Marley has once again proved why he is the King of Reggae even from the grave. His track Could You Be Loved was released in 1980 on his last album, Uprising. The 10-track project was produced by Chris Blackwell and featured other popular tunes such as Coming In From The Cold and Redemption Song.

Marley died of cancer on May 11, 1981 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital).

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