Obama dances with Kenya pop stars Sauti Sol and the country's president during state dinner in Nairobi
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President Barack Obama spent much of his time in Kenya on serious issues such as gay rights, but also found time to boogie with some of the country's most famous pop stars.Four-man group Sauti Sol performed at a State House dinner hosted by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, who joined Obama and the musicians on stage for a dance.The dancers, accompanied by Kenyatta's wife Margaret Kenyatta, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Obama's half-sister Auma, performed the Lipala dance that has recently taken the country by storm.Scroll down for video
Attendees at a State House dinner in Nairobi saw US President Barack Obama join Sauti Sol on stage for their hit song Sura Yako
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (second from left) also accompanied Obama during the dance. Above, the presidents pose with Sauti Sol member Delvin Mudigi (left) and group leader Bien-Aimé Baraza (third from left)
A traditional dance, the Lipala has enjoyed renewed popularity after being reworked by Sauti Sol earlier this year in their song Sura Yako.
The song, which translates to English from Swahili as 'Your Face' and praises a woman's beauty, became a quick hit due to its catchy melody and people posting videos of themselves dancing it on YouTube.
'To the right to the left, to the left,' Sauti Sol group leader Bien-Aimé Baraza is heard telling the president when he asked how to do the dance.
Obama, who is no stranger to the dance floor and made headlines for his moves throughout his presidency, quickly picked up the maneuvers during the Nairobi event.
'And for those who doubted President @barackobama 's step - the #LipalaDance #SuraYako is his new favorite Kenyan dance!,' Sauti Sol posted on their Instagram.
The pop stars also referred to the First Lady and said 'We are so sad that our mother Michelle could not come,' according to the Guardian.