South African Toya Delazy wins international LGBT music award

Ground-breaking South African pop star Toya Delazy has won an international LGBT music award in New York.

Delazy was on Sunday announced as the winner of Best International Song for her 2014 track Forbidden Fruit at the 9th Out Music Awards.

The video for the song, from the album Ascension, features same-sex couples kissing and was seen as a major statement by the star on sexual equality and freedom.

Delazy, one of a handful of openly gay or lesbian musicians in Africa, told Mambaonline in 2014 that Forbidden Fruit “tells the story of someone discovering themselves, someone who cannot compromise on what they desire, and also exposing Africans to pan sexuality; making them understand that it’s something that exists.”  Read more