Tyla Releases Self-Titled Debut Album Debut Album After Grammy Win

The South African singer-songwriter follows the success of “Water” with a sweet full-length statement after her win at the Grammy Awards.

The 22-year-old found success last year, reaching the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and top 5 in Britain with Amapiano hit “Water”, a genre fusing house, jazz and log drums that emerged in South Africa.

She describes the 14-track “TYLA“, which features collaborations with the likes of U.S. rapper Travis Scott, Gunna, and Nigerian singer Tems, as “a melting pot of all the influences” she had growing up.

“I’ve always just wanted to mix it all together, and I’ve gotten to a place where I’m happy with the way it sounds.” “Pop, R&B, Amapiano and Afrobeats because that’s where I’m from, that’s the sounds of home,” Tyla said.

Tyla won the inaugural best African music performance award at the Grammys, the music industry’s top honours. “It’s literally so crazy … every day I have to remind myself that that actually happened and that it’s real,” she said.

The Grammy prize reflects the growing popularity of Afrobeats and other music from the continent, which is gaining a global audience with help from social media platforms such as TikTok.

Tyla’s song “Water“, which was released in July, enjoyed huge success thanks to the app, with TikTok users around the world sharing videos of themselves replicating her dance moves using the #WaterChallenge hashtag.

“I’ve been vibing to amapiano, a lot of us have been in Africa for a very long time, and it’s really cool that other people are now catching on and enjoying it, because South Africa didn’t really have a genre that crossed over this hugely,” Tyla said.