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Tyla Opens Up About Her Hit “Water” and Its Universal Appeal

In a revealing interview, Tyla shared the unexpected journey of her hit song “Water,” which resonated globally despite its humble beginnings. Recorded in a bedroom, Tyla had no inkling of the song’s potential. “I never thought, ‘This song is going to blow up.’ And then I started performing it and seeing everyone singing every word,” she recalled. The song’s universal appeal transcends age and culture, charming listeners from all walks of life with its vibrant African sounds.


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Family Reactions and the Song’s Impact

The song’s success also revealed personal revelations, especially regarding its suggestive lyrics and accompanying dance. Tyla described a humorous yet tense exchange with her father over the song’s content, countered by her mother’s supportive reassurance. Despite the initial family skepticism, the song’s acclaim, culminating in a Grammy win, has changed Tyla’s life dramatically.


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Life Changes and New Opportunities

Since “Water” became a hit, Tyla’s life has transformed. She remains based in South Africa but has moved her family to a safer area. The success has also allowed her to take her family on international trips, showing them the world and sharing her success. “Years back, I was crying on my parents’ bed, saying, ‘Can I sing, please? I don’t want to go to university.’ Now they are watching me win and they are seeing plaques and posters,” Tyla shared, reflecting on her journey from aspiring singer to Grammy-winning artist. Read the full interview with Cosmopolitan. 


Tyla: Rising Star from South Africa to Global Sensation

Born on January 30, 2002, in Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa, Tyla’s journey to international stardom began with her debut single “Getting Late” in 2019. This track caught the attention of Epic Records, leading to her signing with the label in 2021. Her breakthrough came with the 2023 release of “Water,” which achieved international success and marked her as the first South African soloist in 55 years to enter the US Billboard Hot 100.


Achievements and Musical Style

2024 was a landmark year for Tyla as she won the inaugural Grammy Award for Best African Music Performance with “Water.” Her music—a fusion of Amapiano, R&B, and pop—has earned her the title of “queen of popiano.” Her self-titled debut album, released in 2024, has made significant waves internationally, entering the top 25 in several countries, including the US.


Inspirations and Aspirations

Influenced by legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, and Rihanna, Tyla aspires to be Africa’s first global pop star. Her unique blend of musical styles and international acclaim highlights her potential to reshape the music landscape in South Africa and globally. Tyla’s story is one of aspiration, perseverance, and groundbreaking achievements, setting her on a path to redefine what African artists can accomplish on the world stage.


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