ToyaDelazy Opens Up About A Dark Place She Found Herself After The Loss Of Her GrandMother – Musician pops star, Toya Delazy got candid concerning a “dark place” she encountered following losing her grandmother and how it motivated her to thrive through life and acknowledge her worth.
Toya lost her grandmother Irene, wife of IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to some brief illness in the year 2019, and revealed to the UK music publication The Voice that she is still dealing with the loss.
Delazy explicated that she narrated a song in the days that came after her grandmother’s death that assisted her to keep moving, Qhawe.
“I wrote Qhawe last year after devastatingly losing my grandma. Struggling with the loss of someone so special, I found myself in a dark place and at war with my own mind. Eventually, I realised that no cavalry is coming to save me and I needed to empower myself.
“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 practising what I preach by being myself and not conforming to current musical norms.”
She took to Instagram to share how music has been the pillar of strength since her tender age of nine years.
“It’s got me through a lot of sticky situations and changed my outlook towards life. I have survived depression with the help of music, mourned or found power to achieve through music.
“This made me realise the power it had on my mind and how my thoughts and emotions were able to create a different reality in the midst of hardship.”
Paying tribute to her late grandmother in March last year, Toya shared a heartfelt goodbye message on Instagram.
“Goodbye, grandma … I still don’t believe it yet. Your spirit is larger than life, I still feel it with me. I couldn’t write anything or say anything yesterday … I am comforted by the fact that when you could feel it, I gave you my time.
“I can’t change things now but I can honour your spirit and stand tall in the world, and not give up because it’s over but press on because it happened.”