News

Musical road trip for busking rapper

Hip Hop artist Joel Rafidi is travelling the east coast promoting his new album.
Hip Hop artist Joel Rafidi is travelling the east coast promoting his new album. Cathy Adams

SYDNEY Hip Hop artist Joel Rafidi is on a road trip like no other - busking his way down the east coast and bringing his music directly to the people.

It's a part-promotional, part-feel-good trip - he gets to bring some happiness to people through his music while also promoting his new album directly to the people, and through the social media posts he's developing while on the road.

Rafidi impacted commercial radio earlier this year with his breakout single Do It Again, which received extensive radio across the country, then his follow up single I'll Be Good has been reaching similar success with immediate radio additions across the country.

Rafidi was in the region, taking in Byron Bay on Wednesday before dropping into Lismore on Thursday.

He said it's been so rewarding to bring his music to the people.

He said one of the best parts of the trip was "making random people on the street happy."

While not a traditional busker, he said bringing his hip hop sounds to the street was a pretty awesome and different experience.

"I think my songs work really well acoustically," he said.

He'd also been surprised by the support fans and radio stations had given him in the lead up to the release of his debut album, PHASES, which was officially released yesterday.

"The response I've gotten from the radio, I never would have expected," he said. The support many stations have shown him, he said, has been wonderful.

"Music is my everything - it's this burning desire and I have to do it," he said.

After stopping in Byron Bay he was then heading down to Grafton and Coffs Harbour before making his way to Taree and beyond over the weekend. Follow Joel Rafidi's road trip on Facebook at facebook.com/joelrafidi Get PHASES via itunes or at JB Hi-Fi.



How this Lismore barista took out international title

Lismore Gloria Jeans barista Justin Porrett has been named the RFG International Barista Champion.

"Coffee is all about the connection you have with people"

The strange history of our clock tower revealed

The old Post and Telegraph office in Molesworth Street

Artwork explores town's timekeeper

Big weekend of action for North Coast Road Racers

ABOVE: Jayden Backshall (blue bike) and Wes Pither are the two youngest members of the North Coast Road Racers.

Young riders get in on the competition with North Coast Road Racers

Local Partners

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Mmmm .... Melon and meat - a winning combination

Get your rockmelon seeds with today's paper.

Make great bruschetta treat from fruits of today's FREE seeds

Top five in entertainment this week

ALT-ELECTRONIC: This weekend you get a chance to listen to Still Fighting, the new single by local band Tijuana Cartel.

Music and comedy with a splash of partying

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Who's getting up on stage this week?

HITS: THE Eagles  Band is a tribute to Southern California's most famous musical group, The Eagles. One of the most successful bands of the 70s, The Eagles enjoyed massive worldwide success and conquered the world and even today, the concert DVD Hell Freezes Over is still the best selling DVD ever. Enjoy this tribute band at the Ballina RSL Club tomorrow Friday from 8pm. $54.90.

All the gigs for this busy entertainment week

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities