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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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