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Tyla Biography

South African Musician

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Tyla is a South African singer and songwriter who rose to fame with her debut single “Getting Late” in 2019. She has released several hit singles including “Water” which became an international success in 2023. Tyla is known for her pop, R&B, and amapiano music style.

Full Name Tyla Laura Seethal
Born January 30, 2002 (age 21)
Nationality South African
Occupation Musician
Relationship Status Single
Education Edenglen High School
Awards Not Available
Organization Epic

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Early Life

Tyla Laura Seethal (b orn 30 January 2002), known as Tyla, is a singer and songwriter who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. She was born into a Coloured family and has Zulu, Indian, Irish and Mauritian descent. Tyla matriculated from Edenglen High School in 2019.


  • Tyla was the head of culture at Edenglen High School in her final year in 2019.
  • She had been studying a degree in mining engineering before pursuing her music career full-time.


  • Started by posting original songs and covers on Instagram and sending demos out to music industry contacts.
  • Discovered by manager Garth von Glehn who organized her first recording sessions.
  • Released debut single “Getting Late” featuring Kooldrink in 2019 which achieved national success in South Africa.
  • Signed to Epic Records through a joint venture with Fax Records in 2021.
  • Follow up singles “To Last” and “Overdue” in 2022.
  • Debut live performance at Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan Fashion Week afterparty in 2023.
  • Released single “Been Thinking” in early 2023, earning first US chart placements.
  • Toured as opening act for Chris Brown’s Under the Influence European tour.
  • Breakthrough hit “Water” released in July 2023, became top 10 hit in multiple countries.
  • First South African soloist to chart on Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years.
  • Performed on TV shows in Sweden and the US following success of “Water”.
  • Featured on remix of “Girls Need Love” by Summer Walker in October 2023.

Awards and Nominations

  • Nominated for Music Video of the Year at 2022 South African Music Awards
  • Nominated for Best New Artist at the 2023 Soul Train Music Awards
  • Nominated for Best Female Artist at the 2023 African Entertainment Awards USA

Personal Life

  • Tyla is of Coloured descent and has Zulu, Indian, Irish and Mauritian ancestry.
  • She was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.



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