Visual from 'Shy' music video

Una Rams and model Kgatliso Rabolao in 'Shy' music video

Una Rams Drops Visuals For Latest Single 'Shy'

Una Rams delivers bold visuals in new music video for 'Shy'. The latest romantic single comes off upcoming EP 'Crush'.

Una Rams has dropped crisp bold visuals for official single "Shy". This follows the release of the single earlier in the year from EP Crush. The music video sees Una Rams collaborating with award-winning contemporary visual artist, Trevor Stuurman. "Shy" visuals are partly inspired by "Alice in Wonderland" and was shot in Limpopo, Una Ram's beloved hometown.


Read: Una Rams Shares a New Single Shy From Upcoming EP 'Crush'

"Shy" is a chilled track with a Caribbean melody infused with Afrobeats. Visuals from "Shy" transition from a mythical Grecian setting to the woods at sunset. Una Rams and beautiful model Kgatliso Raboloa in strikingly bold colourful suits bring the "Alice in Wonderland" theme to life. The smooth Venda singer reflected on the concept in a public statement.

I wanted this video to feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland or a series of pretty dreams where a boy gets to spend time with his dream girl, when Trevor Stuurman and I spoke on the concept we both agreed that it didn't need to make any sense as a story, but it would certainly have to be pretty. It makes me extra happy that we were able to film this in my hometown and it makes me excited that the world can see how beautiful the place I call home is.

The "Shy" music video certifies Una Rams in his own lane, the singer is able to intertwine delicate aesthetics with bold rhymes. Released in July "Shy" is about securing the crush and is one of seven tracks from the coveted EP Crush. Una Rams music fans are sure to approve that "Shy" visuals were worth the wait. The quirky and breezy music video is one to see. Crush follows the success of EP Wavy Baby, an official release date for the Crush EP has to be announced.

Watch "Shy" on YouTube.

Una Rams – shy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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