South African MC, Toya Delazy, drops single, Qhawe. Meaning ‘be strong warrior’ in Zulu, the bass-filled floor-filler carries a powerful message to stand your ground in the face of adversity.
Following the success of Funani, voted Best Music Video of 2019 by 4:3 Boiler Room, a new platform for underground film, exploring themes of performance, identity, youth culture and anti-establishment, Qhawe is the latest track in a new genre Delazy is pioneering dubbed ‘Afro-Rave’.
As African sounds take over the global stage in exciting fusions with Western staples, Delazy unleashes rapid, sharp Zulu vocals over fiery British bassline bursts, courtesy of UK producers Raf Riley and Hen – JOY (Anonymous).
Eventually, I realised that no cavalry is coming to save me – I needed to empower myself. Through meditation, researching spiritual healers and reconnecting with my rich heritage, I found my inner warrior – my ‘Qhawe’.
“This track is a rallying call to my fellow humans to be your own warrior, brace yourself and hold your ground, because that’s what changed my course.
By rapping in my native tongue – Zulu – I’m practicing what I preach by being myself and not conforming to current musical norms.”
A household name in her native South Africa, Delazy’s known not just for her visionary artistry, but also using her platform to represent causes she cares about.
Qhawe is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms (Apple Music | Spotify | Deezer | Google Play) from Friday, 27 March 2020.