May 27, 2022

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Necessary Noize returns after decade of solo projects

If you didn’t know the lyrics to the song “Kenyan Boy, Kenyan Girl” by hip-hop and reggae group Necessary Noize in 2004, you most likely got banned from many social gatherings.

< p>It was one Morning anthem on all local radio stations and a favorite with DJs at clubs. Consisting of singer Nazizi and Wyre the Love Child, Necessary Noize was the “It” music group of the millennium, to say the least.

And now, after more than 10 years of solo projects, they’re back .

“Wyre and I have always discussed doing something together as Necessary Noize, but due to individual commitments we’ve kept putting it off until now. The universe just aligned itself for us. We never actually planned it for this year, but if you ask me, this is the perfect time,” Nazizi said.

The song is part of an Extended Play (EP) that the two are planning and will do consist of eight songs.

A snippet of her first song, due to be released on May 5th, was shared by Wyre and has already received more than 5,000 likes and retweets from her fans on social media.< /p>

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“The music scene has changed a lot, but we will be just as authentic as before and true to ourselves. We don’t try to keep up with trends. For example, our first single is an inspirational reggae song,” explained Nazizi.

The EP, she says, will be about Necessary Noize’s journey, growth, solo career and independence.



Being independent artists has allowed them to face some of their fears when it comes to their music career.

“We are independent and we don’t have one Pressure that falls on an artist who is just beginning their career.

The most important thing for Wyre and me is being able to control how we sound,” she said.


Necessary Noize was formed in the early 2000s, consisting of three members Nazizi Hirji, Kevin Wyre and rapper Bamzigi.

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Bamzigi later left the group. His fortunes took a turn for the worse when he became a victim of drug abuse.

Nazizi and Wyre went on and released their first album Necessary Noize and later their second album Necessary Noize II. Kenyan Girl, Kenyan Boy”.

Through their collaboration with Ugandan raga singer Bebe Cool, they formed another music group called East Africa Bashment Crew. Nazizi and Wyre later split and pursued solo projects.

“The break was necessary, especially for me. My whole life has revolved around music since I was 15 years old. Then, after becoming a mother, it was time to focus on myself, my vision, my legacy beyond Necessary Noize,” Nazizi said.

The break, she says, helped her to understand yourself. Being exposed to fame at such a young age had both positive and negative effects on her.

Most of the time, she says, she was concerned that people had started to look to her as a role model.

“What scared me was the realization that I was now a role model and people looked up to me and at that point I was just a teenager trying to understand life for myself. And I’d be afraid of disappointing people who looked up to me,” Nazizi said.

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Wyre, on the other hand, has released songs in collaborations with Jamaican artists, including Alaine, Cecil and Morgan Heritage.

But regardless of the different directions they’ve taken before, Nazizi says she’s proud about the growth of the industry.

“I’m proud of how far we’ve come. The fact that you can tune in to a radio station and listen to Kenyan music is a great accomplishment. In our time it was not easy. Artists are now very determined to take their art to the next level,” she said in a previous interview with the Daily Nation.

“The current generation of artists has the right one Energy if you ask me. Back then, a hit song could push you for six months or even a year, but these days, King Kaka releases a song every month or two.

“It means the music is consumed at a much higher rate now , which is not a bad thing. It has transformed the industry and change is inevitable. For the current crop they need to be throwing hits at a higher rate than they used to.

“And you can easily tell the difference between us and them to this day, we’ve kept our old school vibe, songs are falling to leave after a while.”