After taking a breather, Nazizi makes musical comeback with new EP
After a long stretch out of the spotlight, Kenyan musician and rapper, Nazizi Hirji is back into the music industry with a new, extended play (EP) titled ‘Mashariki’, currently streaming on all major platforms.
The Bless My Room hit-maker took to her Instagram stories to break the news:
“Mashariki the EP is a project that I'm really proud of. I had to get out of my comfort zone for this one and tap into the Afro Naz. Better Day is probably the only song I got to rap on.”
The song features Tanzania’s Mofire and marks her comeback after a breather in which she was raising her two children; Tafari Firoz and Jezebel Adam.
Nazizi who has been in the industry for a hot minute, has also opened up about her life and her career, as well as the clock-work that makes her tick.
Speaking to the Churchill Show on YouTube, the Kenyan Boy songstress says her parents were quite liberal, and largely shaped her career as a musician .
She says they used to play music all the time.
“My first memories of music were at my dad’s parties. My father would have these big parties all the time, and he’d be playing reggae." said Nazizi
"The first time I had of Bob Marley and UB40, was from my dad’s parties,"
Addressing why she took a music break, she says she is now a mother and has not had time for herself.
Nazizi also spoke on the importance of mental health for artists, saying that people do not discuss it.
“I started doing music at 15 years. After being in the industry for so long, you start feeling a certain way. All those years of constant pressure, started crumbling down on me when I gave birth to Tafari," she added.
"So I thought, it’s time for me to have a break."
For the new-comers, Nazizi was part of the hype Hiphop crew, the Necessary Noize and East African Reggea Bashment Crew.
Necessary Noize, originally formed in the year 2000, brought together Nazizi, Kelvin Wyre and rapper Bamzigi.
Neccesary Noize, would later join Uganda's Bebe Cool in 2005, to establish East African Bashment crew, albeit without Bamzigi who had left the label, citing a dispute.