US president’s exercise soundtrack features mix of funk – pop – rock and hip-hop – including songs by Sting – Beyoncé – Icona Pop – Forro in the Dark and Courtney Barnett.
Obama – who hosted his first ever music festival South by South Lawn (SXSL), earlier this month – proved himself a master of the mixtape when he released the White House’s summer playlists in August to broad acclaim.
Speaking with Pitchfork at SXSL the White House’s first chief digital officer Jason Goldman said the choices are all the president’s: ‘I swear it is him who makes the playlists.
He has personally selected all of those songs and writes them out by hand.
He really loves a diverse range of music’.
In 2015 Obama became the first sitting president to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years.
Dropping in at the Bob Marley Museum he told press he’d been ‘a big fan’ since high school.