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Ayanda Jiya Shares Visuals for her Chart-Topping Single ‘The Sun’

Watch Ayanda Jiya's new music video for 'The Sun.'

Ayanda Jiya's latest single "The Sun" has been doing well on the charts. The song has been in the top 10 most played songs across all radio stations in South Africa. "The Sun" is from the R&B artist's debut album Ayandastand, which was released in August.


"The Sun" is essentially a motivational song, in which Ayanda encourages her listener to hang in there just a little longer, as hope is near.

She sings in the second verse:

"Sometimes we take the fall/ Thinking that there's nothing left/ But see, you gotta be strong/ Oh cause it's not over yet/ So, when it's misty and blue/ The light will shine through/ You're never alone/ Trust and keep moving on"

In the video, Ayanda gets teleported into a world of hope and joy—she can be seen having dinner with a man she seems fond of, and performing joyfully. The visuals were filmed by Motion Billy in Cape Town.

"The Sun" is the second single from Ayandastand. It followed "Falling For You" which features the rapper A-Reece. Ayandastand is one of the country's strongest releases of 2019 so far, definitely one not to miss.

Watch the music video for "The Sun" below and stream Ayandastand underneath.

Ayanda Jiya - The Sun (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


Revisit our interview with Ayanda Jiya here.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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