ZYO is a South African electronic music artist inspired by the cultural aesthetic of afrofuturism. Through his music, he hopes to spread the ideals of unity, positivity and connectedness.
Little is known about ZYO. This is how he wants it to be - an enigmatic music man - appreciated for his “modern fusion of African and European elements”. 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. The specifics of biography pale in relation to the journey of “fusion of cultures” that he is embarking on. ZYO is about innovation and shape-shifting.
ZYO strives to present Africa in a futuristic way. In terms of the aesthetic, it’s ancient meets modern and it fits perfectly with the ethos of ZYO and the fusion of cultures that is the driver of everything behind the project.
The moniker, ZYO, comes from the Zulu word “esizayo”, which is translated as “future” in English. The desire with his music is to celebrate the uniqueness of South Africa and the cultural mixing pot that we find ourselves in.