The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from a young R&B singer/songwriter.
Liza - Rolla
Liza is an Ethiopian-Canadian R&B singer-songwriter who blends her culture into her music. She makes bright rhythmic R&B hits and her single Rolla has catchy and progressive rhythms.
Noor Khan, the director for the music video, is an artist, director and producer at her company Noor Khan Productions. She is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, OCAD and the Maryland Institute of College Art.
Online publication The Fader’s Sajae Elder wrote about Rolla, saying: “The track breaks down the uncertainty of a new relationship, its lyrics pondering whether a lover is in a relationship for the right reasons. With effortless vocals over airy, string-heavy production, Liza explores what it means to stick around through the ups and downs of a relationship.”
Del Cowie, via Yahoo News, wrote, “In addition to the stylish throwback performance choreography and in accordance with the video’s nostalgic feel, the clip is replete with scratchy film footage and a Queen and Slim-inspired vintage car in which Liza and her romantic interest are out for a drive.”
The music video has vintage vibes; from light leaks and film frames to dark grainy shots. Liza appears in the video donned in all black on stage, in front of her name in marquee lights and red velvet curtains. The jazzy song also features choreography envisioning a drive in the car. The music video is accompanied by scenes of Liza and Josh Obra in the car laughing and having a good time.
Directed by: Noor Khan
Co-Directed by: Liza Yohannes
Starring: Liza & Josh Obra
Cinematographer: Sylvain Chausée
Music by: Akeel Henry & Liza Yohannes
Edited by: Cameron W. Gunn
Cast: Dashawn Blackwood, Cameron Rodgers & Emmanual Asare
Assistant Director: Radha Pithadia
Set Design: Cathleen Calica
Stylist: Sarah Vee
MUA: Rahnell Branton & Dijah
Hair Stylists: Steph George & Chika Oh
Choreography: Mekeylah Minott
Gaffer: Jeff Buchanan
Photographers: Zachary Zewudia & Tejas Panchal
PA: Ryan Williams & Minzi Roberta