Toya Delazy, 25, is a South African Artiste who shot to fame after releasing her debut studio album, Due Drop in 2011.
Born into Zulu royal family, she began taking classical piano lessons at age 9 while expanding to jazz piano as years passed.
Toya attended Howard College Jazz Programme in 2009. She became exposed to other genres of music such as hip hop, jazz, classical, electro and uptown funk which went ahead to influence and distinguish her style of music.
This SAMA Award winning jazz pianist, producer, singer and songwriter made her mark as one of South Africa’s finest performers to blaze the trail by carving a genre uniquely hers in the country’s fast growing music industry.
Crazy, funky, down to earth and with an amazing fashion sense, Delazy found a wide fan base accepting her music as she combined all she had learned into one perfect blend know as Toya Delazy.
She has the one of the most interesting Instagram handles and her feed is hilarious.
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Delazy was the brand ambassador for the Reebok Classics Drop R range between 2011 and 2012. In an interview with Youth Village, she said that Reebok approached her and told her that they liked her fashion flair, music, and style. She represented the brand throughout Africa, and had the creative power to certify her own classics.
In addition to music, Delazy’s love also extends to the fashion world. She believes that fashion expresses one’s freedom and showcases their individualism. She has described her fashion style as classy and funky. Her fashion style includes street and vintage pieces.
In April 2013, Legit Clothing stores in South Africa and Namibia launched a clothing line inspired by Delazy. The official launch was held at the Town Square Legit store in Windhoek. Delazy was also dressed by well known South African designer, Suzaan Heyns.
Delazy has described her sound as JEHP, an acronym for the fusion of jazz, electro hop, and pop. Her music draws from her daily life experiences. Delazy has been influenced by artists such as Kate Nash, John Legend, Radiohead, Tracy Chapman, Aṣa, Goldfish, Imogen Heap, Adele, Kings of Leon, Regina Spektor, John Lennon, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Black Eyed Peas, Sara Bareilles, Nirvana, Deadmau5 and Skrillex. Delazy’s love for music was inspired by classical and orchestral songs like “Clair de Lune” and “Psalms of David”.
She was also inspired by Lauryn Hill after watching Sister Act.
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