“I never chose to write…
Words chose me to be their writer.”
Naz has described her writing as an indescribable energy that grows inside her and manifests itself in the form of words, art & movement. This explosion of energy manifested itself for the first time at the age of 3, before she could formulate written prose, Naz had the ability to view and interact with the world in a completely innovative way.
Often misunderstood by adults and her peers and habitually accused of speaking in riddles, Naz found solace in words – (Wordplay, Linguistics, Phonetics, Anagrams etc). In this way she formed a unique understanding of words, to her each word is alive with its very own story for her to tell.
It is this energy that inspires Naz to do much of the very varied work that she does. Drawing from her own personal experiences and view of the world, anyone who has seen her perform, or the work she does with NRP, can testify to the vibrant energy that glows inside her and spills out into the world.
Wild and free-spirited, Naz is an artist without definition, an exceptional artist crossing over the boundaries of an array of art forms, from spoken word to drama & dance; from digital photography to graphic art; from writing & directing to film and DVD producing. An artist producing sound with vision, Naz, her Art and Nine Red Presents are truly art undefined!
Nzinga is the name given to her at birth by her father, because in her, he could see a reflection of her namesake – Queen Nzinga of Matamba, West Africa, a woman of strength, courage, grace and beauty. Debra is the name that she was given by her Auntie Heather. Her dual persona reflects her mixed heritage as a British-born Caribbean. It is this blend that makes her performances so magical and mystical. Her enchanting voice together with her thought provoking words, takes you on your own personal journey within a subtle dream.