Toya Delazy launches her explosive IsiZulu Album, Afrorave Vol. 1

18th June 2021 BY Ivor Moyo

Serving up eleven tracks of innovative and impactful techno, bassline, and African percussions bedded under Toya’s trademark Zulu raps, Afrorave Vol. 1 sets the benchmark for the South African artist and demonstrates the breadth, direction, and uniqueness of her brand new project as both sonically freer and more exhilarating than ever before.

Pulsing with heady basslines and powerful quick-fire vocals, the album blends electro productions with hip-hop flavors, creating a rippling and uncompromising sound from the fiery percussions within Funani, the deeper woozy basslines of Tini, and smart synth work displayed on Shakata. An exhibition of authenticity, Afrorave Vol. 1 acts as a reaffirming reminder to one of the most expressive young artists coming through right now.

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 color, beats, and translocated culture. Already heralded as ‘one to watch’ – 2019 saw her release, Funani, being voted as the ‘Best Video of The Year’ by BOILER ROOM, and her 2020 Afrorave single, Qhawe, was recently nominated for ‘Best Produced Music Video’ for this year’s Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA27).

Now with her new body of work on the horizon, Toya’s relentless creativity has not only garnered attention from MixMag this year, naming her as one of the 17 women shaping African electronic music, but also looks set to continue her trajectory as one of the brightest new talents of 2021.

Afrorave Vol.1 will be available for download and streaming on all digital platforms from today, Friday, 18 June.

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