Meet Tyla, the music world’s latest sensation. Her single, “Water,” has become a TikTok sensation, capturing the hearts of listeners worldwide. With infectious beats and captivating lyrics, it’s no wonder this rising star is making a massive impact on the charts.
In 2023, South African singer Tyla has taken the music world by storm, despite her relatively short career and small catalog. With just three singles – “Been Thinking,” “Girl Next Door,” and “Water” – she has made a resounding impact on the music scene. Tyla’s clear musical direction is characterized by her skillful fusion of Afrobeat, pop, and R&B.
The year kicked off with “Been Thinking,” a catchy track that seamlessly melded electronic-dance beats with Afrobeat and pop influences. This song, while boasting the typical elements of pop music, stood out with its cultural infusion, reflecting Tyla’s roots and adding a unique edge to her music. The lyrics were easy to follow, and the song’s lively production made it an ideal choice for parties and clubs.
A standout moment arrived when Tyla collaborated with African songstress Ayra Starr on “Girl Next Door.” Their voices blended beautifully, and the song wove an enticing story, cautioning a lover not to stray to the “girl next door.” The track exuded confidence and assurance, with Starr’s verse standing out as particularly captivating.
These two songs paved the way for Tyla’s biggest hit of the year, “Water.” This dynamic track, a signature blend of Afrobeat, R&B, and pop, gained immense popularity, largely thanks to TikTok and a viral dance challenge choreographed by South African Lee-ché Janecke. Tyla received recognition from industry heavyweights and even made history by charting on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the youngest South African singer to do so in decades.
Tyla’s vocal range took center stage in “Water,” complementing the captivating production and steamy lyrics. Her soft vocal tone, accompanied by beautiful falsettos, showcased her remarkable abilities. As she continues to gain international recognition, Tyla’s potential for even greater success is undeniable. At just 21 years old, her unique ability to blend genres and create cohesive music demonstrates that she is a rising star with a bright future in the global music scene.