South African songbird Tyla Laura Seethal, fondly known as Tyla, has been captivating American audiences with her sensational track, “Water.”
Hailing from Johannesburg, the 21-year-old artist has garnered praise from fellow South Africans on social media for her authentic persona, notably evident in her recent interview with renowned US radio host and actor, Big Boy, on his Big Boy TV podcast.
During the engaging 22-minute conversation released on November 29. Tyla delved into topics ranging from her viral “Water” dance challenge on TikTok and receiving a follow from none other than Drake on Instagram to her experiences touring with Chris Brown and earning a GRAMMY nomination. The multifaceted artist also opened up about attending Fashion Week and, notably, her deep affection for South African cuisine.
Towards the interview’s conclusion, Big Boy inquired about what Tyla misses most about her homeland when she’s abroad. Without hesitation, she expressed, “The food. Yoooh, hhayi. I travel with big pap [maize meal] from South Africa so I can make it wherever I go.”
Tyla, a self-proclaimed picky eater, elaborated on her love for South African cuisine. Emphasizing that, despite the appeal of American food, nothing beats the flavors of her home country. Her dedication to bringing a piece of South Africa with her wherever she goes struck a chord with fans. Who commended her for being a “true patriot of this beautiful country.”
This isn’t the first time Tyla has received accolades for proudly representing South Africa on the global stage. Netizens have consistently praised her for embracing her roots and taking the country’s vibrant culture to an international audience in a unique and enjoyable way.
As fans celebrate her success and global impact. Tyla continues to stand out not just for her chart-topping music but also for being a cultural ambassador, carrying the essence of Mzansi with her as she travels the world.