Delta the Leo is a multi-talented, entertainment powerhouse. Born in rural Limpopo, inspired and groomed by the streets of Alexandra Township, South Africa. Delta has a strong background in dance with international accolades to match. Speaker, Emcee, 3X world dance champion, influencer, DJ and musician. Delta is also a personal trainer and wellness coaching career counsellor.
She is a lover of people and sets out to inspire with everything she does. Live. Learn. Inspire Dreamworks is the platform from which she connects with young people, helping them to explore their talents. Her mission is to educate them on how to turn talent into a lucrative business and teaching them to embrace themselves.
Delta The Leo has a global fan base. Her first single, titled Zaga, received great reviews and was used on popular shows such as such Ayeye and Rhythm City. The video for Zaga earned her the Hello Ambassador Creative Award. • Much like her style, she is not afraid to push the musical envelope. She has released singles in various genres; Hip Hop, Trap, R& B, Dancehall and more recently Sepedi Gqom. Delta has worked with various artists and producers from Kenya’s Wangechi and Kevin Provoke, US musician Nyelle Thebes to South Africa’s Gino Brown, the Deceptikonz and Hip Hop pioneer HHP.
Tell us a little bit about your career and how you started?
I started off my career as a dancer, participated in a number of competitions, then realised I enjoy choreography as well. Music and music video directing naturally followed. These pillars helped me immerse myself in the entertainment industry.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on Physically fit remix the music video. I’ll be launching my website and online store. I am also hosting Afrobeats dance workshops to educate people about African origins and expression through dance. I host Afrobeat classes to the youth of Alexandra township every 1st and last weekend of the month. I’m working with Jahseed on reggae events.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
I love to see people happy when they dance and listen to my music. To touch people through your craft is a privilege and I don’t take that for granted.
What is your best career highlight so far?
I have a few! Performing in Croatia. Performing at Dr Beverly Ditsie’s 50th. Winning best reggae artist because I put alot of work and passion into my music. My music video being number 1 on Trace Africa.
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
The best way is to collaborate with our brothers and sisters in Africa to narrate our story and journey to educate those who would like to learn and understand our culture. Africa is rich in content.
Tell us a little bit about why you love Cape Town – The host city for FAME Week Africa.
My first experience of Cape Town, I was there to dance at the V&A and the reception. I received was so overwhelming that I felt at home. It is beautiful, I’ve met some amazing creatives that have contributed significantly to my craft. Cape Town has the most beautiful views from the table mountain, to the ocean view and the parks. It’s a great place to connect people. As a spiritual being I feel grounded when I’m there.
What and who inspires you?
My mother and my grandmother are high on my list of people that inspire me because they have taught me kindness, perseverance, to work diligently and do everything with intention. My mentor Dr Isaac Boshomane, Producer Vava Deceptikonz, friend Dj Rock nation. My friends and colleagues in the industry.
What tips can you give an artist who wants to build a reputation and a career that is going to keep them relevant in the industry?
My advice to any artist is to be themselves, to take their craft seriously, invest as much time researching and putting in work. Respect yourself in order to produce ethical work so that other brands and businesses can seek to collaborate with you. Give people an experience like no other.
What is your favourite thing about Africa?
Diversity is my favourite thing. We have different languages, culture, fashion, music and more.
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