Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter, MzRizk, is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. As one of Melbourne’s busiest DJs, MzRizk has supported Australian acts such as Remi and Hiatus Kaiyote; as well as international artists Badbadnotgood, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jill Scott, Snarky Puppy, The Daptones, John Morales, The Internet, Bilal, Cody Chestnut, Maseo (De La Soul), Common, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Maxwell, Tank & The Bangas, Dead Prez, Alsarah & The Nubatones and many more.
MzRizk has performed at Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Womadelaide (with Neneh Cherry jumping on the mic as impromptu MC), AWME, Soundwave (Croatia), Groovin’ The Moo nationally, Big Day Out, Sugar Mountain Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Darwin Festival and numerous other events nationally. Internationally, MzRizk has performed DJ sets at Radio Beirut in Beirut, Soul In The Horn, Mobile Mondays and Yallah! in New York as well as the Woo Hah Hip Hop Festival in Tilburg. In 2017, MzRizk DJ’d for Sampa the Great at Women of the World Festival and for the Red Bull Sound Select at Splendour In The Grass. MzRizk received rave reviews for her set at Golden Plains in 2018.
Closer to home, as the curator of the extremely successful Rizky’s Block Party, Hip Hop High Tea and Gallery series, MzRizk uses these events as a platform to showcase emerging and established artists (DJs, MCs, Singers & Dancers) to a wider audience. In 2014, even the modern-day King of Block Parties, Dave Chappelle, stopped into a MzRizk Block Party when he was in Melbourne and gave massive props for the quality of MzRizk’s music and event. MzRizk co-presented the Melbourne Music Week Lunch Box series with the City of Melbourne in 2016 and 2017, showcasing diverse local talent, including label mates House of Beige. In 2018 & 2019 MzRizk collaborated with the Melbourne Star & programmed over 10 local acts to perform in the cabis for MMW. MzRizk has continued to curate events for City Of Melbourne including the Sunset Series in 2017 and 2018. MzRizk is was the Guest Programmer for Jazz Out West as part of Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2018 & 2019. In 2018 MzRizk curated the Melbourne Museum’s NYC/MELB Nocturnal event, filling the museum with live music in every corner. MzRizk is 1 of 98 international artists included in the Biennale of Sydney 2020.
MzRizk currently produces and hosts Boogie Beat Suite Radio on PBS 106.7 FM every Tuesday from 11am. MzRizk consistently showcases the best local and international boogie, jazz, funk, soul, hip hop and global sounds. MzRizk has featured interviews with music luminaries Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Palmieri, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Robert Glasper, José James and Gary Bartz on her previous radio show The Urban Fervour on Kiss FM.
With the opportunity to bring together Melbourne’s music-loving communities through DJ slots, workshops, venue residencies, festivals, artist support and special events, MzRizk always delivers the hip hop, jazz, soul, funk, disco, Arabic and global music goodness. She continues to play a pivotal role in connecting music-loving folks across Australia and abroad.