Deepa Trybz mix and match
While some musicians gain more success going solo, Vuyo Tyolo seems to have found his strength in numbers.
Tyolo is now part of a house band duet called Deepa Trybz with Mpho Hlahla and the pair have been rocking dance floors with their hit track Carry You from their self-titled album and the release of its video three weeks ago.
The band is a combination of Hlahla on the decks and the multi-talented Tyolo on vocals and keyboard. The East London-born singer credits his family for his musical career. "My father was a priest and I used to play the keyboard and take part in the church choir," he says.
He formed an a cappella boys' group called The Golden Boys in primary school and after high school he helped record demos for aspirant artists in his township. A call-back from Duma ka Ndlovu for his production of The Lion King brought Tyolo to Johannesburg. When that ended he made a living from singing back-up vocals for stars like Siphokazi and that is where he was spotted by his music company, Native Rhythms.
In 2010 he released his solo debut, Genesis:1. He was adored for his live performances but the album didn't sell well. From that experience Tyolo learnt the importance of networking and marketing his own music. He and Hlahla met four years ago. After he heard some of Hlahla's house beats at an event in KwaZulu-Natal, he asked to put some vocals over the beats and they have worked together ever since.
"Deepa Trybz is a collection of hit songs of different kinds of house," he says.
The 29-year-old former Afro-soul star says the transition was not difficult as Deepa Trybz's album is all about bringing soul into house. The album has received good airplay and Tyolo says they have a line-up of performances until the end of December.