Packing a distinct cross-continental sound, and Zulu-afrofuturistic visuals, London-based South African MC, Toya Delazy, releases her new single ‘Funani’ on Friday, 4 October.
Rapping Zulu over a gritty garage beat, Funani is the result of a co-production between Delazy and producer Henry Counsell of Joy Anonymous. “Funani is a notable divergence from the happy pop music my fans have come to expect from me, and my new hard-hitting African-inspired sound is something we’ve dubbed Afro-Rave,” says Delazy.
Directed by acclaimed local music video director, Kyle Lewis, the accompanying Funani video was shot in Tembisa, a township situated in Gauteng, South Africa. The video is a raw, flamboyant feast for the eyes, visualising Afro-Rave in a stunning multi-coloured set, with the help of fashion designer, Blünke Janse van Rensburg delivering the track’s message to ‘be what you want’.