Raiza Biza

Raiza Biza shares 'Trouble' featuring Oddisee and Zenyth

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Back on the scene with a brand new bag, Raiza Biza is proud to share a second track off his upcoming album Bygones, due out Friday 4 October on Low Key Source.

Listen to ‘Troublehere, a powerful collab with Sudanese-American artist Oddisee and Jamaican dancehall artist Zenyth, unpacking the harsh socio-political realities of the world we face today. Through heavy words, they ask, who will save humanity from itself? The track premiered last night on Bonafide.

“The more things change, they stay the same. It's an old cliche but when I make records like these I am reminded of how true that is. The story of the diaspora is something I always go back to, so being able to get Oddisee on the track, who is very familiar with this was the perfect way to finish this track off,” says Biza.

Following the release of ‘Stolen Youth’, Biza’s first tasting of solo music in two years following his collaborations with Melodownz, Illbaz (High Beams), REMI, Black Milk (Black Hole Sun), Estére (Tokoloshe), and Jon Toogood’s The Adults (Haja), Biza is just getting started on a new chapter in his career and vision; finding a new freedom in the sound.

Listen to ‘Trouble’ (feat. Oddisee, Zenyth): https://snd.click/RAIZABIZATrouble

Speaking with a sense of urgency in his flowing baritone voice, his work has always carried a socially conscious heart, backed up by honest storytelling and captivating jazz/soul infused production as the aura to his words. Biza’s new material follows a new sound arch, and with those changes comes a newly found freedom.

A humble titan within the antipodean isles and Aotearoa’s underground scene, Biza has firmly planted roots, supporting the up-and-coming generation of local MCs and hip-hop producers. As the hearty driving force behind AmmoNation, Biza believes in the power of community and the sharing of knowledge.

A voice from within the African-South Pacific diaspora, Biza has strived to bridge the gaps of understanding and preservation of his experience in New Zealand, while also supporting his fellow artists on the same mission.

It all started with a dream.

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Raiza Biza shares cathartic moment in 'Stolen Youth'

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Reappearing by passionate force, today much-loved Rwandan-Kiwi rapper and underground mentor Raiza Biza has shared the first track off his upcoming album.

Stolen Youth’ is Biza’s first peak of solo music in two years, following recent collaborations with friends Melodownz and Illbaz (High Beams), REMI and Black Milk (Black Hole Sun), Estére (Tokoloshe), and Jon Toogood’s The Adults (Haja) while touring New Zealand and Australia. Written in the depths of a destructive frustration, Biza’s new track forges a brutally honest ode to keeping yourself in check when faith is lost in the system, and trust in waning in others.

“I was woken one day by the truth, those demons tried to steal my youth”

Following two full years of writing and recording, growing the spiritual fruit for this new record, Biza emerges in a new chapter of his career and vision, finding a new freedom in the sound.

Having operated as a staunchly independent artist over the last decade, touring Australia, Europe, Africa by his own sheer force of will, this new chapter includes a signing to Australian independent label, Low Key Source.

Listen to ‘Stolen Youth’: https://lks.ffm.to/raizabiza-stolenyouth


“constant movement has shaped his music; it draws on his culture, and his experience growing up as a young African in New Zealand. His smooth flow is a tribute to the classic hip hop that raised him, his storytelling informed by his unique experience of being a New Zealander.” - The Spinoff

“Raiza's gravelly voice is urgent and unflappable on every cut.” -
VICE

“Good music can remind you of a perfect moment— and a great song is seductive enough to leave you with that memory for life.” -
Digital Serum


Speaking with a sense of urgency in his flowing baritone voice, his work has always carried a socially conscious heart, backed up by honest storytelling and captivating jazz/soul infused production as the aura to his words. Biza’s new material follows a new sound arch, and with those changes comes a newly found freedom.

A humble titan within the antipodean isles and Aotearoa’s underground scene, Biza has firmly planted roots, supporting the up-and-coming generation of local MCs and hip-hop producers. As the hearty driving force behind AmmoNation, Biza believes in the power of community and the sharing of knowledge.

A voice from within the African-South Pacific diaspora, Biza has strived to bridge the gaps of understanding and preservation of his experience in New Zealand, while also supporting his fellow artists on the same mission.

It all started with a dream.

Follow Raiza Biza
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Estere and Raiza Biza team up on Tokoloshe

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Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, theTokoloshe.

In this first song produced and mixed by Estère for another artist, Raiza masterfully creates an intense feeling of unease in his verses, provoked by the Tokoloshe as a lurking presence and dark metaphor for festering fear and anxiety.

This is an ode to reclaiming power over your thoughts, your identity and your sense of self, even when you feel the presence of the Tokoloshe hiding in the shadows.  

Creating the Tokoloshe video was a true exercise in long distance collaboration, with parts of it shot in both London (with Dijian Eccles) and Auckland, and brought together with the editing skills of talented director Connor Pritchard

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The dynamic duo recently toured Australia and New Zealand with Jon Toogood’s The Adults to perform their latest record, Haja.

Since finishing off a run of album release shows in early May, Estère took off overseas for a consecutive string of shows in the UK, France and Germany, playing a full set at AFROPUNK Paris and finishing up at BIG SOUND Australia earlier this month.