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Tyla Graces Cosmopolitan's Cover, Delves into Musical Inspiration, Post-Grammy Life, and More

Updated: May 30

By: Vanesta CeToute

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Tyla covers Cosmo's latest issue and in her conversation with former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Journalist Elaine Welteroth the pop star shares her musical inspiration, how life has been after her Grammy win, how she's dealt with the opinions of others towards her career, the success of her hit song "Water" and so much more.

Throughout the interview, Tyla reveals her lifelong aspiration to become a pop star started in her younger years. From a tender age, she entertained her family and friends with performances, drawing inspiration from the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Adele, and Whitney Houston. Her grandmother, who had her own singing journey to support her family, played a pivotal role in nurturing Tyla's talent, providing guidance and encouragement as she embarked on her own musical path.

Furthermore, the Popiano star attributes her musical style and artistic expression to her upbringing and heritage. Tyla believes that her South African roots have deeply influenced her ability to fuse pop and Amapiano, a dynamic genre characterized by great rhythms, deep basslines, and melodic harmonies. This seamless blend of musical elements, including house, jazz, kwaito, and afrobeat, is what she believes sets her apart and allows her to showcase her South African background for audiences to embrace and enjoy.

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When asked about how life had changed since her Grammy win she stated,

"So many things have changed. I still live in South Africa, but I was able to move my parents, my family. Now they’re in a safer area. My family came to Dubai with me. I was able to bring them to Europe. I’m able to show my parents the world at this age, you know? Years back, I was crying on my parents’ bed, saying, “Can I sing, please? Can I just do this? I don’t want to go to university.” Now they are watching me win and they are seeing plaques and posters. The first time my parents got to be in America, they saw their daughter win a Grammy."

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In her candid interview with Cosmo, Tyla addresses an intriguing comparison to Rihanna. The "Water" singer did not shy away from the question and in fact answered it by saying, "It’s flattering because Rihanna is Rihanna. It’s a compliment. But at the same time, I’m my own artist. I’m Tyla. And I know as people get to know me and my music, they will see me as just Tyla. So I’m fine with it now. People want to tie me to something familiar to them, cool. But at the end of the day, we’re doing something no one’s done before, and it can’t really be compared to anyone."

As readers dive into the pages of the latest issue, they uncover more layers of Tyla's journey. Despite the recent introduction of the pop sensation to the world, she asserts that she's only scratching the surface and just getting started.


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