In a year with political and social turmoil, the music industry has been at the forefront of these issues driving the mass conscious toward a brighter and more engaging world. HEGAZY, a duo consisting of twin sisters Leila and Omnia Hegazy, have released their second single and video for “Here To Stay”. The New York-natives have taken the heartbreaking reality that the social and political climate for immigrants and minorities is becoming increasingly more xenophobic.
The wonderful brilliance of “Here To Stay” is its direct, and unapologetic, prodding about ridiculous stereotypes of immigrants. Additionally, the title and chorus from the sophomore single is a reference to the #HereToStay movement that revolves around immigration rights and the Presidential Order to dissolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program.
“We are first generation Arab-American women who grew up Muslim in the age of 9/11 and we know what it’s like to be treated as ‘the other.’” HEGAZY stated. “We decided to take our president’s fear-mongering rhetoric and flip it on its head to be empowering. Yes, we are coming, we’re here to stay, and we are what America looks like, whether you like it or not.”
And beyond their politically and socially aware track, HEGAZY have developed an interesting, catchy pop vibe that is a bit of a throwback with the stinging guitar and wispy keys floating behind harmonies that were literally born to flow together.
These are the times we live in where the fusion of music and political strife are at odds. This conflict gives rise to a generation of new artists to voice their opinions loudly and without fear. In a way, this unrest allows artists like HEGAZY to reach into their life experiences and beliefs to create magical music that is aware and inspired. “Here To Stay” is a wonderful product of that creativity and disillusionment.
Please check out the music video for the second single, “Here To Stay”, off of the upcoming EP, Young, by HEGAZY due out in February 2018 and do not forget to pick up the single on BandCamp.