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Liza Is 'Here to Stay'

Watch our premiere of the new music video from the rising Canadian-Ethiopian singer, which deals with the loss of a relationship.

Liza is a rising RnB singer and songwriter based out of Toronto, Canada.

Her tracks typically blend forward-looking production with elements of RnB and neo-soul, as well as influences from her Ethiopian background.

In her latest single, "Here to Stay," Liza sings about the death of a relationship over sparse beat work and deep synthesizer chords The track's new music video, which we're premiering here today, is meant to be a representation of that loss through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.


The music video's director, Kat Webber, who's previously worked on Drake's "Nice For What" and SZA's "Garden (Say It Like Dat)" visuals, explains that the structure of the clip follows those five stages of grief through the five rooms, five looks, and five shots Liza's depicted in.

"'Here to Stay' is about accepting the fact that a person has moved on, despite your longing attempt to keep them in your life," Liza writes to OkayAfrica. "They have emotionally removed themselves and you remain in the same place in which you share memories with them, in hopes they will one day return to you."

Watch the new music video for "Here to Stay" below.

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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