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Friday, November 20, 2020

Naya Ali takes flight with her new single "Air Ali"

Toronto, November 17th, 2020,  After attracting the attention of several media and some major hip-hop players, even abroad, with the first part of her album Godspeed Baptism (Prelude) released last March, Naya Ali got named by many the female version of Drake and with no surprise her video for the song "Get it right" is in rotation on BET & in Footlockers stores across the USA. 

Naya Ali is now back in force with Air Ali”, a first single that is still as powerful and catchy as ever. Fully in control, the rapper delivers a percussive song powered by a rich trap rhythm and a melodiously sung refrain as only she knows how to do so. 

« Air Ali is about taking flight into my new destination - leaving the city, but never forgetting where I come from including the love and the hate I received. It's both a final departure and a new start. Letting go of a comfort zone, leaving feelings and certain people behind in order to keep elevating. »  Naya Ali

 If Air Ali” mainly talks about taking flight, Naya continues her ascent as she solidly sets a confident unapologetic tone for the second part of her album expected in the spring.

About the video:

The story depicts a humble neighborhood, where love and community(has to) triumph over the hard reality. While life is pursuing its course, people are watching Naya from a distance. They know she’s up to something great. The kids look up to Naya like dreamers, while adults are uncomfortable with Naya’s ambition. But Naya is not a dreamer, she aims big and she’s making moves. She’s been filling up that bag for a while, now ready for her grand departure. A few surreal aspects appear through this environment, leaving the viewers to reflect on the meaning of it all.

Directed by the very talented photographer and filmmaker Adrian Villagomez. Most of the shots are in slow motion, giving the impression of a photographic series, as a form of documentation of past life, or of a crucial moment.

Recent accomplishments:

  • First English solo rapper nominated at ADISQ (2020)

  •  Featured 3 times on Spotify’s Billboard in Toronto Eaton Center

  • CBC Music Searchlight 2020 Top 10 Finalist 

  • First Female English rapper from Quebec to play in  Festival d'été de Québec and Osheaga

  • “Godspeed: Baptism (prelude)” reached # 1 on Canadian College Radio Hip Hop chart and # 7 on the US College Radio Hip Hop chart 


Montreal-based Ethiopian rapper Naya Ali burst onto the Canadian Hip-Hop scene in 2017 and does not hide her international ambitions. Quickly noticed for her flamboyant personality and unparalleled flow, the artist is able to transport us from a scathing world sometimes dark, sometimes quieter, but always uncompromising.  

Since the release of her first EP “Higher Self”, the emerging artist has drawn looks and attention from several media and some major hip-hop players, even abroad. With the release of the first part of her real debut album “Godspeed: Baptism (prelude)” in March 2020, Naya Ali is once again making a great fuss and proving that she has nothing to envy the American household names. Patience... the rest of the album is expected in early 2021.

 On the web:

Twitter - @NayaAliOfficial

Instagram - @nayaalitheoriginal

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