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Singer Tyla shares story of struggle to pursue music

Speaking in a recent interview with Power 106 FM, Los Angeles, U.S.A, Tyla said she persevered and eventually convinced her parents after a period of time, which involved a lot of tears.

Tyla said, “I think it was a lot of tears. I was emotional, and it was hard for them to see their child crying and saying, ‘This is all I wanna do.’ I had to tell them that I don’t want to be doing anything else because music makes me happy.

“I literally just cried every day until they were like, ‘Okay’” she added.

Tyla’s journey into South African music industry began with writing song lyrics in her diary at 12. She describes music as ”her calling”, something ”that came naturally”.


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She first gained recognition when she dropped the Amapiano dance-themed song, ‘Getting late’.

She released “Water”as the lead single from her upcoming debut studio album Tyla on 28 July 2023 through Fax and Epic Records.

The breakthrough single earned Tyla a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance, and she did so well that she even stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in October for her first U.S. TV performance of the song.


Tyla understands the demands of new-age artistry, but intuition and intention fuel her craft as she works towards her debut album. She joins fellow South Africans Sio and Elaine, who have previously headlined the programme.

EQUAL Africa seeks to spotlight and amplifies the voices of African female artists, breaking down barriers and making waves in music.

In addition, it amplifies their music by exposing their catalogue to global listenership.


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