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Audio: LIRA Debuts With "Rise Again" + US Tour Dates


We are very proud to announce the upcoming North American debut of LIRA via her upcoming US Tour dates, July 24-29 & the release of the LIRA - EP (July 26th). These are but the first volley. A 14 song album, Feel Good - will be released on January 31, 2012. The title track will be the first single at radio. A superstar in her native South Africa, where her four (4) albums & one (1) DVD release have all sold platinum (or better) - it's very exciting to be a part of her team as she begins what will no doubt be a very successful career here too.

Listen to "Rise Again" off the LIRA EP right here:

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Download “Rise Again” (live) FREE until 7/18

Check out tour dates, and EP + album tracklistings after the jump.

US Tour Dates

July 24 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

July 25 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head

July 26 New York, NY @ S.O.B.’s

July 27 media day in NYC

July 28 Washington, DC @ Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center

July 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Brookfield Concert Series

LIRA – EP, release date July 26th.

1. “Feel Good” (live)

2. “Rise Again” (live) FREE DOWNLOAD

3. “Dance of Life”

4. “Crush”

5. “Ngiyabonga

The full length 14 song album, Feel Good will be released January 31st (2012).

1. “Feel Good” (new mix)

2. “Rise Again”

3. “Typical”

4. “Ixesha”

5. “Call Me”

6. “Abba”

7. “Believer”

8. “Love To Love”

9. “With My Eyes”

10. “Valley Of Darkness”

11. “Phakade”

12. “Be My Friend”

13. “Stay In My Company”

14. “Soul In Mind”

 

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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