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Ayanda Jiya Pays Homage to Her Love for R&B in Latest Single ‘Lover 4 Life’ Featuring Stogie T

Watch Ayanda Jiya's music video for 'Lover 4 Life.'

On first listen, "Lover 4 Life" could be mistaken for a song about a person Ayanda Jiya is in love with. But pay close attention, you'll pick up she's paying homage to the artists who inspired her as a child, and she uses them as an entry point to tell the story of how she fell in love with music and chose the career path she's currently pursuing.


For instance, in the first verse, she sings:

"There was something about you that was so sincere/ You were so gentle in your ways I had to keep you near/ I remember mama sending me out to go play/ On the radio I hear a song by the O'Jays"

Stogie T in his verse, makes reference to Smiff-N-Wessun and their 1995 debut album Dah Shinin'. He further references the Bible and the classic novel Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde.

Lyrically, "Lover 4 Life" is a treat for the music geek.

Read: Meet Ayanda Jiya, the South African R&B Singer You Should Be Listening To

The music video was shot by one of our favorite directors Motion Billy. The visual shows performance scenes of Ayanda Jiya, who's clearly in her element. Cutaways of her engaging with a vinyl player play to the theme of nostalgia portrayed in the song.

The song is the latest single from Ayanda Jiya's latest album Ayandastand, which she released last year. The project, which was easily one of the best releases of 2019, features A-Reece, Ziyon, Naomi Parchment and of course Stogie T.

Watch the music video for "Lover 4 Life" by Ayanda Jiya and Stogie T below and stream Ayandastand underneath. Revisit our interview with Ayanda Jiya here.

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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