SA music sensation Tyla. Images via Instagram @tyla

Who is Tyla? What to know about the Mzansi songstress

Discover Tyla: South African singer, dancer, and TikTok sensation-turned-global music star, breaking boundaries with her talent.


SA music sensation Tyla. Images via Instagram @tyla

South African artist Tyla, a multifaceted talent, has taken the music world by storm. Her journey to stardom began on TikTok, where her captivating performances quickly garnered a dedicated following. The world witnessed Tyla’s meteoric rise in 2023 with the release of her single Water, which was an instant sensation.

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Tyla’s remarkable career showcases not only her vocal prowess but also her exceptional dance skills, making her a true triple threat in the entertainment industry. Furthermore, from TikTok to international stardom, her story is one of unwavering talent, hard work, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, setting a new standard for South African artists on the global stage.


Full nameTyla Laura Seethal
Date of birth30 January 2002
Place of birthJohannesburg, South Africa
Age21 years (At the time of this publishing)
Zodiac signAquarius
NationalitySouth African
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBlack
OccupationSinger, songwriter and dancer
Social media accountsInstagram TikTok Facebook


She was born on 30 January 2002 in Johannesburg South Africa. As of this writing, Tyla’s age is 21 years and she is of the Aquarius zodiac.

According to Famous Birthdays, she has two sisters named Whitney and Sydney and a brother called Tyrese, all of whom have appeared on her TikTok.


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Additionally, she went to Edenglen High School, where she matriculated in 2019. In 2020, she finished her first year in Theology at The Grace Place Church.


The popular singer first came to the limelight via TikTok and Instagram doing song covers. From her YouTube channel, Tyla released her debut single in 2019 Getting Late featuring Kooldrink. The song was an instant hit gathering over 6.8 million views on the platform.

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She then went ahead to release several other songs including Overdue, Too Last, and Girl Next Door ft Ayra Star. In 2023, Tyla came through with another hit titled Water which has made waves internationally. The song has since gathered a collective of over 20 million views on YouTube, and has become a sensation on social media gathering millions of views on TikTok and Instagram. Additionally, the song’s music video got her a South African Music Awards nomination for Best Music Video of the Year. She, however, did not win.

Tyla received a SAMA nomination for Music Video of the Year in 2022, but unfortunately, she didn’t secure the win in that category. In March 2023, IOL reported that Tyla supported US music star Chris Brown throughout his Under the Influence European tour and was the opening act.


Tyla is a social media sensation, boasting an impressive online presence with over 1.2 million Instagram followers, 9.1K dedicated fans on Facebook, and a staggering 4.3 million followers on TikTok. Her TikTok profile, in particular, stands out as she actively utilizes the platform to showcase her exceptional talent in dancing. Her captivating dance routines and music-related content have earned her a massive and engaged audience, making her a prominent figure in the TikTok community.

Tyla’s rapid ascent from TikTok sensation to international music star exemplifies her exceptional talent and global appeal. Her career continues to flourish, setting new standards in the music industry.