In Conversation with: Diliza

Diliza- Kwaito artist

Diliza, birth name Delaney Dondo is an artist born and bred in Gwabalanda township in the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Where did your love for music come from?

My love of music developed when I was young m from a Christian family S.D.A so as a family when we were together at home, we used to sing praise and worship songs.

What was the first track you ever made? 

My 1st track I did was called Olova in 2000.

How would you describe your style of music? 

My style of music is Kwaito influenced by the South African genre.

Diliza- Artist

Which one of your songs is your favourite? 

My fave song is Umcimbi which features my fave South African artist, Professor.

Describe a typical day in your life.

A typical day in my life would be, wake up at 6am, exercise/gym 7am, breakfast, studio time, etc. I think this best describes a typical day in Jozi where you are always busy.

Who are your favourite artists and why? 

My favourite artists are Oskido, Professor and Maphorisa. They are go getters, pure hustlers I love their passion.

Which artists would you like to collaborate with and why?

Maporisa again, I once worked with him and I like the way he pushes his work.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

Life has taught me to be humble, patient and above all l have learnt to be a fighter, never to give up and believe in my dreams knowing if l put my mind and heart to it, the sky is the limit.

Diliza- Zimbabwean artist

What are you currently working on and when can we expect it?

I am in the studio working on an EP which comes out end of April.  

What has been the highlight of your career? 

The highlight of my career was being signed to one the popular label Kalawa Jazmee records something which was my childhood dream but was deemed impossible. I am now signed under Proper Files Professor’s record label.

Where in the world do you wish to perform?

My wish is to perform in other continents so that l put our African talent and music on the map and uplift the spirit of oneness as artists.

What is your favourite thing about being Zimbabwean?

My favourite thing about being Zimbabwean is mainly living peacefully. It’s quite a safe and peaceful haven for its “ubuntu” filled citizens and tourists.

How would you like to be remembered?

l would like to be remembered as a someone who rose from the gutters to greatness through hardwork and determination. Someone who never gave up and inspired others to believe in their dreams. As a father, I have a 6-year-old son.

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