Delazy not lazy when it comes to making fusion music

2012-10-10 00:00

ULUNDI-BORN music star Toya Delazy says she uses her music to spread a positive message that she hopes will encourage people to follow their hearts, be true to themselves and never give up on something they love.

Describing herself as adventurous and a little mischievous while growing up, Delazy, whose real name is Letoya Buthelezi (21), began playing the piano at the age of nine.

“That is when I started composing music. I knew I wanted a career in music and I began performing at various places. One day a very talented producer, Markus Els, heard me at a live show and invited me to record a few songs in studio. Vusi Leeuw was given the demo and he presented it to Sony Music and in April I signed a deal with them,” she said.

Delazy said being in the music industry has forced her to grow up quickly and learn the business of music. “It has been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to what the future holds,” said the Eshowe convent-educated artist.

Delazy is also the brand ambassador for the Reebok Classic Drop R range.

She said the response to her album Due Drop has been amazing.

She explained that her lyrics are based on her daily life experiences. “My music is all about my journey, it is simply my story. I take what I go through, the emotions I feel and I translate that into music.”

According to Delazy, her music is unique and a fusion of Jazz, Electro Hop and Pop which she calls JEHP.

“It is definitely something different and appeals to many listeners. My music is a fusion of various genres, so people can expect some soul jazz and acapella. I describe it as a lucky packet; everyone walks away with something great.”

Delazy ’s music is inspired by musicians such as Tracy Chapman, Goldfish and Lauryn Hill.

“My next ambition is to perform on the international stage — hopefully in a few years to come,” said Delazy.

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