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Redfern rapper’s life honoured

A funeral service for 25-year-old musician and producer Nathan Bridger was held at St Saviour’s Church in Redfern on Friday November 23. Mr Bridger passed away earlier in the week after suffering burns in a fire that engulfed the top floors of the former London Tavern on Regent Street reports Andrew Collis in the December 2007 edition of the South Sydney Herald.

Mr Bridger is known also by the name MC Basik. The premises on Regent Street included the recording studio Mr Bridger worked hard to construct and to make an hospitable and creative space. He called it Basik Sound. His motto: From the streets for the streets.

The service was an emotional occasion. People younger and older, representing the hip hop community, the Redfern firefighters, police and ambulance services, Babana Mens Group, local churches, staff and management of Railz on Regent and a great many friends were in attendance to mourn the tragedy and to celebrate the life of a young man much-admired for his generous and caring spirit. Inside the church a guard of honour was formed by the Basik Sound crew.

Pastor Ray Minniecon of Crossroads Aboriginal Ministries, who led the service, commended a passion for justice typical of hip hop at its best, and commented on the quality of love expressed in the life of Nathan Bridger whose love for family, for friends, and especially for those most vulnerable to despair reflected that of his God and Saviour.

A very moving eulogy was given by Nathan’s father Ian, and a heartfelt message of gratitude and love by Nathan’s partner Jasmine. Community tributes continued afterwards at the Redfern Community Centre with refreshments provided by the Survival Café.

Source: South Sydney Herald December 2007