Tyla Laura Seethal, better known by her stage name Tyla, from South Africa, has shared her admiration for Nigerian musician Asake.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Tyla discussed the inspiration behind her viral hit song “Water,” expressing her admiration for Asake’s usage of his “choir vocals.”
Tyla said that the Amapiano from her own country, her early R&B influences, and Nigeria’s Afrobeats served as the inspiration for her song “Water.”
She said, “Amapiano music is the core of it [‘Water’] in my opinion. And just all of the influences from growing up like Rihanna and all the R&B girlies, R&B boys, pop girls. That type of influences I love bringing into my music.
“Something I really love in Afrobeats music is when I hear those step vocals that sound like a choir, almost. And I really love the way Asake uses it. I just always love the way it sounds. So, with the chorus [of my song ‘Water,’ I incorporated it]. Obviously, people can’t stop singing, they can’t get it out of their minds, which I love.”
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