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Tyla is keen to demonstrate to the world “what an African pop star looks like”

South African-born pop sensation, Tyla has the globe in the palm of her hand thanks to her viral hit song “Water.”


The “Water” music video, which was released barely a month ago, has received over 33 million views on YouTube and has topped many music charts both domestically and internationally.

Most notably, she made history by becoming the first solo artist to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 since jazz superstar Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing in the Grass” 55 years ago.

The song also prompted a TikTok viral “Water” dance challenge with over 448.6 million views, and it has been used in over 500,000 videos on the app as people post themselves replicating her actions.

The global sensation has also won prizes such as Most Stylish Performing Artist at the South African Style Prizes (SASA) and made her debut on the Soul Train Awards nominees list alongside Ayra Starr in the category Best New Artist.

Counting her blessings, Tyla took to Instagram to share a video of a packed venue watching her performance on a big screen, singing and dancing along to her viral hit.

In the caption, she wrote how she dreamt of “moments like this” and how eager she is to show the world what an “African pop star looks like”.

“Not long ago I was just a girl in South Africa dreaming of moments like this… Even though I’ve been grinding for years it feels like this is all happening so fast,” she posted. “I cannot wait for the world to see what an African pop star looks like!