Happy birthday: Toya DeLazy turns 31 today.

Happy birthday: Toya DeLazy turns 31 today.

Toya DeLazy turns 31 today.

South African singer, producer, pianist, dancer and performer from Zululand, Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi, known popularly as Toya DeLazy, celebrates her birthday today.

She shot the popularity charts for her signature music genre called AfroRave that cleverly infuses techno, drum & bass beats with Zulu lyrics. Toya DeLazy took home two awards at the 2013 SAMAs, including Newcomer of the Year.

Toya Delazy designates her sound as JEHP, an abbreviation for the fusion of jazz, electro hop, and punk. She attributes her musical inspiration to that of her daily life experiences.

Pulsing with strong beats and powerful vocals sung in Zulu, ‘Qhawe’ is the latest Toya DeLazy song. The track’s title means “be strong, warrior.” This Toya DeLazy song was written after her grandmother passed away.
Toya DeLazy

As she grieved the death of her beloved grandmother, Toya found empowerment in contemplating and connecting with her heritage once again.

As she turns 31 today, here’s a look at what kept her busy the past year.

Trekking up Table Mountain