Following her acclaimed recent releases Qhawe and Funani, pioneering South African MC, Toya Delazy just dropped her explosive new release – Resurrection – on Friday, 28 May, the first offering from her forthcoming album, Afrorave Vol. 1, recorded purely in IsiZulu.
Resurrection displays the breadth, scope and direction of her new project as both sonically freer and more exhilarating than ever before – an affirmation of a world coming back to life.
Co-produced by local South African producer Mxshi Mo, it’s a soul-reaffirming reintroduction to one of the most expressive young artists coming through right now.
The new music video, directed by Cape Town-based Kyle Lewis, is a wild, expressive and surreal conceptual music video that works in African tribal motifs, zombies and VHS party footage.
This bold, aesthetic video makes a suitable visual bed for the innovative and impactful crescendo of techno, bassline and African percussions bedded under Toya’s trademark Zulu raps.
Speaking on the track, Toya says:
Drawing upon her South African heritage as well as the cultural nuance of her London surroundings, Toya Delazy has carved out her own unique sonic lane and aesthetic, thriving in a cacophony of colour, beats and translocated culture.
Already heralded as ‘one to watch’ – 2020 saw Toya release her Afrorave single, Qhawe, recently nominated for ‘Best Produced Music Video’ for this year’s Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA27).
Toya was also recently featured as one of ‘17 Women Shaping African Dance And Electronic Music’ in MixMag, the world’s biggest dance, music, and clubbing destination.
Now with her new body of work on the horizon, Toya’s relentless creativity looks set to continue her trajectory as one of the brightest talents of 2021.
Resurrection is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms (Apple Music | Spotify | Deezer | Google Play | Youtube) from Friday, 28 May.
Pre-orders for the forthcoming EP, Afrorave Vol. 1, opens on Wednesday, 2 June.
Each week leading up to the release of the new album (Friday, 18 June), fans who pre-order the album on Apple Music and Spotify will receive early access to two additional tracks: Tini on 9 June and Vuka ft. Young Mbazo on 16 June.