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Watch Lioness, Boity and Nazizi’s Music Video For Their Empowering Trap Banger ‘Switch It Up’

"This track is based on women and female empowerment," says Boity.

Namibian and South African rising rappers Lioness and Boity appear alongside Kenyan veteran MC Nazizi on "Switch It Up." The trap banger is part of the ongoing Coke Studio initiative which brings together African artists from different countries to work on collaborations.


"This track is based on women and female empowerment," says Boity. "Switch It Up" was produced by Kenyan producer Viola Karuri and the video directed by Thandi Lottering, who are both women.

Read: In Conversation: Boity Wants to Create Bad-Ass Anthems for Black Girls

Nazizi adds: "I was trying to think back to my day, and if I had anybody to inspire me as an African female rapper. I started rapping in 1998, so that's 20 years of rap, being the only female. So who am I inspiring?"

SAFTAs nominated stylist Honey Makwakwa came up with Boity, Nazizi and Lioness' looks. "As the stylist," she says, "I took it as an opportunity to incorporate iconic symbolism of the countries each of these artists represent. I wanted to bring the same youthful energy to the fashion, that the artists bring to the storytelling heritage that they honor through their craft."

"Switch It Up" is a high energy song that sees the three rappers beating their chests and letting you know that they are not here to change the game, but to "switch it up." We believe them.

Watch the music video for "Switch It Up" below:

Lioness, Boity & Nazizi: Switch It Up - Coke Studio Africa www.youtube.com

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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