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Background

Delta ‘The Leo’ Choshi is a multi-talented, all round entertainer. Born in rural Limpopo and raised on the lively streets of Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. With a strong background in the dance industry, the self-taught dance sensation has taken to sharing her other talents as a lyricist and singer/rapper. Her skills can be likened to those of Missy Elliot, quick tongued, witty and versatile in both style and approach. This ’kasi reared young woman is not just a performer but a multitalented individual who believes in making a difference where she can.

Exposure to music from a young age influenced Delta into honing the many talents that she has come to embrace. Having fallen in love with Hip Hop while in High School, this exposure has played a big role in her musical versatility. Delta The Leo brings a range of musical influences into her brand of Hip Hop. Reggaeton/dancehall, RnB and Kwaito influences are never far off in her music.

Delta the Musician

Delta has now taken to focusing her energies on her music. A notable lyricist and rapper, she is yet to lose a cypher. Amongst some of Delta’s first performances include freestyling on popular TV show Jam Alley in 2005 and the Blackberry open mic challenge where she won first place in both contests.

Her music style though highly influenced by the world of Hip Hop, she is versatile bringing in elements of RnB/soul, reggae and dancehall. This versatility has begun to set her apart from many in the industry. She looks to target a large audience because of her versatility, not only appealing to a young market but to Hip Hop lovers across the spectrum. Her tenacity and sheer talent are a winning combination.

Her music has even bridged the divide between local and international music lovers. From having people in Germany enjoying her first single Zaga to being afforded the opportunity to perform at The Weeknd’s Starboy Legend of the fall concert in 2017, she continues to prove that she has exactly what it takes to leave a lasting impression on the industry.

“Discography” (the music)

The first official single Zaga from Delta The Leo is a song that has had the music industry and fans alike sit up and take notice. It is not merely a party starter about money (as is its township definition) but it talks to the life of a hustler, hard work and determination beyond adversity. This single displays Delta’s prowess as a strong rapper with a clear vision. This young woman is a visionary who is putting in the work to reach her goal. Delta The Leo won the Hello Ambassador Creative Award for the music video to her single Zaga.

What’s In It For Me, produced by Vava Deceptikon was her second single. It addressed the issue of hard-work that goes unnoticed. “Many a time most people only want to help you if it will benefit them, hence the title ‘What’s In It For Me’. The point I’m trying to get across is that you might not always get the break you deserve but you have to keep at it,” said Delta of the single.

“The idea behind the single Ratchet was saying how you feel without being censored,” said Delta of the concept of her third single.  Once again, she teamed up with Vava Deceptikon to produce another club hit. This single was far more risqué than what most had come to expect but it definitely turned up every dance floor.

Delta The Leo’s most recent single Let I Be has showcased a different side of her musical talents than most have seen. Working closely with producer Benjamin Umba of Heartless Marksmen, the two have brought to life a dance track that will appeal to other African markets.

She has made a notable impression on some of Africa’s leading producers and musicians while also having the opportunity to work with them. She has worked with Kenyan producer Kevin Provoke, the Deceptikonz as well as Kenyan rapper Wangechi, and one of South Africa’s Hip Hop pioneers, HHP.

Media Appearances

Delta has been featured in Move! Magazine in 2014 where she spoke of her shift into music. She has had her music featured on both 5fm and VOWfm where one of her singles was well received by audiences. She has also been featured in a number of other publications, namely The Times, Bash magazine, Daily Sun, Alex News, Z’khiphani Magazine as well as on numerous online platforms such as Trace Urban social media platforms, Slikour On Life to international sites such as Hip Hop Over Everything, Coast 2 Coast and Artist PR to name but a few.

She has graced numerous stages giving one-of-a-kind performances on Yo.tv, Wits O-Week, the BET Africa Experience Celebrity Basketball Game where crowds were blown away by her electrifying stage presence and many other stages alongside the likes of popular names such as L-Tido and Emtee.

Delta The Leo’s single Zaga has also been featured on hit television show Ayeye and her music video aired on PlanetRadioTv which broadcasts to North Africa. The single will also be featured on popular soap opera/drama Rhythm City.

The Dancer

Delta is also well known for her dance repertoire. She has competed on various stages and has choreographed for numerous musicians. Under her belt, she holds two world championship titles after having gone head to head with competitors from all over the world. In 2013, she competed in the UDO World Championship in Glasgow, Scotland where she was named Best Krumper and Best Female Soloist thus taking home first prize. In 2014, Delta went on to be placed first at the World Dance Master competition in Italy. She was placed first for Hip Hop, second for Folkloric dance style and was named the Best Overall Talent.

Locally, Delta has competed in and won top prize at two of the Hip Hop industry’s biggest dance competitions – Masters of Rhythm (2008, 2010) and Strictly Hip Hop (2011 – winner in 5 categories). 2013 saw her win yet another local title as the overall winner of Dance Star South Africa.

Delta is not just a competitive dancer but both a choreographer and dance instructor. Her repertoire includes dancing and choreographing for the Big Brother Africa Hip Hop task in 2014, choreographing the DARE TO LIVE tribute to Michael Jackson, choreographing for the Converse, Nike/Jordan Kiddies Flash Mob and choreographing/performing in music videos for artists such as Heavy K, Black Coffee, Thembi Seete and Morale. She has also performed on the stages at both the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the Confederations Cup in 2009 to name but a few of her achievements.

No stage has ever been too large or too small for Delta to share her talents or to teach others what she has learned along the way.

The Visionary

Delta The Leo has not taken her achievements as her accomplishments alone; she has embraced the fact that without the community from which she hails she may never have received the influences to push for her dreams. Being a philanthropist is not just an idea for her, it is a way of life. Helping those who need it most is something that Delta The Leo holds close to her heart and to this end she established Live.Learn.Inspire Dreamworks. Through this initiative, she has hosted eight successful workshops and talent showcases where she hosted hundreds of Alexandra youth. The workshops entail motivational talks and mentoring, as well as talent showcases where the youth are introduced to people like Delta who are using their talents productively and they too get to show their talents. Delta the Leo aims to continue these workshops and encouraging the youth in different communities to maintain a good education and not to give up on their dreams. She wants to continue inspiring people to be DreamCatchers.

The Creative

Being in such an artist space, it comes as no surprise that Delta The Leo has often been described as a creative strategist. This young woman looks at life and paints it with a brightly coloured brush. She is able to conceptualise and bring to life various campaigns for a multitude of different audiences and end goals. She has helped to conceptualise events, campaigns and shows on various scales.

Connect with Delta The Leo:

Facebook:  Delta Leo Choshi

Twitter: @DeltaTheLeo

Instagram: @delta_the_leo

 

For PR/media related queries contact:

Sherole Webster: sherolewebster@gmail.com

0842337497 / 0783763397

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