This is what SA music can sound like if the Rainbow Nation merges to create music magic
Following on from his debut single “We Are One (feat. Mpumi Sizani)” which captivated audiences and garnered hundreds of thousands of streams worldwide, South Africa’s ZYO has released his brand new single “Brighter Day”. In keeping with his ‘fusion of cultures’ ethos, the song features vocals by traditional African music artist, Thandeka Mfinyongo. The combination of her soulful African vocals and Xhosa lyrics mixed with ZYO’s electronic beats truly gives the song a unique sound. It’s fresh, captivating and inspiring. It’s available to stream + buy now on all major music platforms.
Watch “Brighter day” below
Collaborating with Thandeka – written in the stars
Thandeka is a bold and powerful artist who feels a deep desire to make her mark in the world. She is inspired by older generations of black musicians. Collaborating with Thandeka was the perfect manifestation of ZYO’s intention for his music, seamlessly aligning with his desireto inspire unity, positivity and connectedness. Thandeka comments about working with ZYO: “The song is fresh and captivating.
The two worlds colliding is certainly something ‘out of this world’, which is so visible in ZYO’s current look. He brought his electronic production while I brought my African music background and vocals. It was such a beautiful, yet challenging process. I honestly loved the way I sort of had to conform to the new style of music without losing myself, if that makes sense. Working with ZYO was amazing; he gave me a chance to be creative and bring my authentic self to his music. I’d definitely do it again”.
ZYO – more than a name
Little is known about ZYO. Shrouded in swathes of intensely coloured shweshwe fabric and donning a futuristic helmet, his eyes are concealed behind a visor. There are flashes of skin, but the palette of his hands and other features is indeterminate. With an ever-evolving look, ZYO’s current custom-made outfit is a perfect visualisation of the music he is releasing currently; sounds that are unique and almost futuristic, but at the same time also contemporary.
This is how he wants it to be – an enigmatic music man – appreciated for his fusion of electronic beats and African rhythms. The specifics of biography pale in relation to the journey of his “fusion of cultures” that he is embarking on. ZYO is about innovation, shape-shifting, and collaboration. The element of mystique is also something that draws people to ZYO’s beats, embracing the journey of discovery through the colourful and universal language of music. ZYO strives to present Africa in a futuristic way – hence the moniker comes from the Zulu word “esizayo”, which is translated as “future” in English.
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