Nazizi Hirji is one of the veterans in the music industry becoming a legend with Necessary Noize, one of the greatest ever rap groups in Kenya.
For a time she was known as the first lady of rap, a role that she played with finesse and excellence. But for the last decade, she has become less of a fixture in the industry as she has focused on raising her son and working on her fitness journey.
The singer who is never involved in any scandal recently touched on an area of her life that most people aren’t aware of and can only guess, her heritage.
She started off by examining the origins of her name, saying that her father Firoz Hirji is half Indian and half Tanzanian, with her father naming her Nazizi after his grandmother who used to go by Na, which was a name given to all firstborn daughters.
“The last ”Zizi”, representing the roots was added to the Na to make it Nazizi, meaning the Roots’ daughter. ”Thought I would share a little bit of my family history and the origin of my name. My Father @firozhirji is half Indian and half Tanzanian. His father came from Kolkata and his mother from Mbozi which is in Mbeya, southern Tanzania. He named me after his grandmother. Na is the title for the firstborn daughter followed by their mother’s name. The literal meaning of my name is Na ( firstborn daughter of..) Zizi ( root in Kiswahili). Hence I am the firstborn daughter of the root.”
She also further narrated how having an African name was something she was really proud of and also said why she had been physically expanding her ears.
“That’s why I’m super proud to be the Roots Daughter. I’m so proud that my parents gave me an African name in those times when English names were the norm. So many people have asked me why I’m expanding my ears. My answer culture. My grandmother and my great-grandma Nazizi had theirs ears expanded traditionally,” Nazizi wrote.
That was not all, she said that she had struggled with her mixed identity who felt like she never fitted in anywhere. ”Being mixed race I always struggled with identity and never felt like I fit in anywhere but I always sought to connect with all the cultures I come from. I will soon share the story of my double nose piercing,” she added.