Diaz (musician)

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Diaz (full name Andres Rafael Diaz) is a rapper from Jessheim, Norway, born 26 July 1976. His father Andres Rafael Diaz Rosa is Spanish and his mother Inger is Norwegian. He is not related to Alirio Diaz, the folk singer who is best known for the best-selling 1000 years of Alirio Diaz record album.

He has released three solo albums: 2050,Velkommen Hjem, Andres (Welcome Home, Andres) and Jessheimfanden, all paying homage to his hometown of Jessheim, a tiny rural town some 40 km N/NE of Norway's capital, Oslo, close to the city's airport, Gardermoen. 2050 is the postal code for Jessheim. Velkommen Hjem, Andres is a reference to the Norwegian film Velkommen Hjem, Anders which was filmed in 1985 in Jessheim with a cast of local actors.

In addition to this he has collaborated on numerous singles and albums by artists like Warlocks, Opaque, Tommy Tee and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.

The album Velkommen Hjem Andres includes the song "Mitt Terningkast" made in collaboration with Diaz's childhood friends Shagrath and Galder of the symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir.

Diaz started working as a DJ when he was 13, and has worked as a presenter on Norwegian Channel 24.[1] He also used to run a record shop in Oslo, T&D Records, with mentor and producer Tommy Tee. Tommy Tee has produced much of Diaz's work and runs Tee Productions, the record label that publishes albums by Diaz, Warlocks, Gatas Parlament and others. He also used to work as a label manager for BMG Music (Norway) and as a promoter for Universal Music (Norway). By 2003 he was one of Norway's foremost hip-hip artists.[2]

Diaz has retired from rap music,[3] although he made a comeback appearance in October 2009.[4] He has studied business at the Norwegian School of Management.[1] He has worked with the Salvation Army,[5] and for the past three years, he has worked for the Norwegian Red Cross (Oslo Red Cross) with inner city youth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anne Martha Gjerpe Bekkedal (2005-10-08). "Fra rap til økonomi - Side2". Pub.tv2.no. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ Kai Kristiansen (2003-05-16). "Ikke bare for kidza". Adressa.no. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Diaz: "Jessheimfanden" - VG Nett". Vg.no. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "TOMMY TEE RELEASE + TP ALLSTARS: Tommy, Diaz, Warlocks, Opaque, Son of Light, Ken Ring, m.fl.". USF Verftet. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ Eldrid Oftestad (2005). "Rapper med trøst". Krigsropet. Frelsesarmeen (The Salvation Army). Retrieved 2011-06-14.