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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.

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We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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