Set to electrify the stage at the Live Eviction Show this Sunday is South African pop artist Toya Delazy.
The vibrant songstress hails from eMahlabathini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In less than a year Toya Delazy has made a real impact on South African Top 40 Radio with the release of her debut album and its chart topping singles ‘Pump It On’ and ‘Love Is In The Air’.
Toya’s musical career started with classical piano at age nine and developed into her enrolling in the Jazz program at Howard College UKZN in 2009. She sights classical influences like Debussy's 'Clair de Lune' as responsible for “unlocking my creativity and influencing the way I construct my chords…and helped me tremendously when it comes to playing by ear and composing music.”
A relatively conservative upbringing meant exploring more contemporary genres came only after leaving school, but Toya recalls that watching movie ‘Sister Act’ at a Convent primary school in Eshowe, KZN as a truly inspirational experience for her. Despite her jazz pianist background her more recent influences lie somewhere between Hip Hop, Electro, Alternative & Pop.
One of her break through moments of 2011 came in the form of a solo performance at the 2011 Africa Concert, filmed live in Johannesburg and broadcast across the continent. Toya’s biggest live performance to date saw her share the stage with Baba Maal, Habib Koite, The Mohotela Queens & Tumi and The Volume.
This multi-talented young singer is certainly one to lookout for so catch her at the Live Eviction Show on Sunday at 20:00 CAT.
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