Toya Delazy is following her dreams

By Drum Digital
22 June 2012

This is one of her favourite childhood memories: she was eight years old, standing in the sunshine outside her home in Mahlabathini, KwaZulu- Natal, teaching her cousins the words to Bump it On, a song she’d made up.

Fast-forward 14 years and Toya Delazy is still singing the same tune, only with slightly different lyrics. It’s now called Pump it On and it’s set her on the road to stardom, attracting the attention of big names in the music industry and landing her an album deal with Sony Music.

“It’s so funny how it all worked out,” says the funky 22-year-old who still finds it hard to believe how quickly her life has changed.

Within a matter of months the singer – whose real name is Latoya Buthelezi – has gone from being a complete unknown to one of Mzansi’s most talked-about new musicians. Her debut album, Due Drop, has been getting rave reviews with critics praising it as a masterful blend of genres.

And a surprise visit from her famous grandfather, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, at her album launch spurred even more interest in the singer, whose funky mohawk hairdo and quirky fashion style make her as interesting on the eye.

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