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Meet South African Songstress Toya Delazy, The Voice Behind The New Melanin-Drenched Powerpuff Girl

There's a new Black Powerpuff girl in town and we can't wait to see her come to life on screen!


Powerpuff Girl mania has been rebirthed over the last week or so with the exciting news that the popular Cartoon Network animated series is adding a Black character into the mix. Now the world is getting to know just who will be taking on the task of bringing the newest cast member addition to life.

Toya Delazy is a 27-year-old singer, rapper, songwriter and producer from South Africa who is no stranger to the Powerpuff world. In 2016, Cartoon Network tapped her to create a South African version of the show’s theme song, which she went on to produce and sing. Now things seem to have come full circle for the multi-talented entertainer.

“I have always dreamed of being the voice of a cartoon character,” she said in a statement. “Never did I think I would be recording a voice-over as the new Powerpuff Girl for Cartoon Network, though!” commented Delazy. “In a nutshell, Cartoon Network was my childhood. The shows were always quirky, expressive, creative and cool! I have always appreciated how creative the channel is, even to this day. Watching Cartoon Network really opened my mind as a child, and for me the channel still represents creativity in all aspects of the word. The shows are bold, unexpected, energetic and exciting—definitely a brand that I can identify with and relate to.”

Turner Broadcasting Senior Vice President Jamie Ondarza echoed Toya’s sentiments, adding that they are exicted to have her aboard.

“Toya Delazy is definitely a perfect fit for The Powerpuff Girls brand,” Ondarza said. “Toya is definitely a perfect fit as the fourth Powerpuff Girl. She is confident, bubbly and quirky; all the values that we are familiar with, love and appreciate. We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves.”

The new Powerpuff Girl is set to make her debut as part of the new Powerpuff “Power of Four” mini-movie, which premieres September 17. We’ll definitely be tuning in! Will you?

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