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Raiza Biza

When Rwandan rapper Raiza Biza's smooth baritone and contemplative storytelling blurs into the jazz/soul tinged beats he favours, it's hard to not be swept away.

You're drawn into the story of a young immigrant who made New Zealand his home, while simultaneously reaching out to a global audience – all through music.

Shades of the emotional delivery of Tupac Shakur rub against the reflective storytelling of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, beautifully underscored by nostalgic-yet-futuristic instrumentals.

While the aesthetic references within Raiza Biza's music speak to African-American hip-hop, soul, jazz, and beats experiences, his meticulously placed rhymes tackle the experiences of growing up in Zambia and South Africa.

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