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You Should Really Check Out Garçons' New Single 'Pedigree'

An afrobeat-inspired modern groove.

Garçons are a new duo coming out of Canada comprised of Nigerian-rooted singer-songwriter Deelo Avery and producer/director Julian Strangelove.

The Ottawa-based group, who blend influences from R&B, soul and funk, is readying the release of their sophomore EP. Its lead single "Pedigree" is a standout track crafted out of afrobeat guitars and hazy keyboards that nods to Deelo's Nigerian background while weaving in modern R&B and pop elements.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

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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.

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The Importance Of Identity With Tanzanian/Canadian Artist Alysha Brilla

African/Canadian music from singer/songwriter Alysha Brilla.

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