Raiza Biza

Day 20 of the 31 Days of May New Zealand Music Month via Bandcamp comes to you from Hamilton again.

Raiza Biza may not sound particularly New Zealand but our cultural diversity means this young Rwandan exile has found a home in Hamilton of all places and has nailed the essence of that rite-of-passage The Great Kiwi road-trip (in this case, inexplicably, it’s Auckland to Queenstown – “don’t even ask me how”.)

I’d normally be the last person to be posting rap/ hip-hop. I parted ways with the genre after the era of Arrested Development and De La Soul in the 1990s. But Raiza Biza acknowledges his debt to that 90s era and sure enough there’s a familiar jazzy soulful flow and good-humoured storytelling on offer here.