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Reaction To Tyla’s ‘Water’ Live Performance Sparks Comparison Debate With Ayra Starr [Watch]



South African music star Tyla has performed her hit song ‘Water’ for the first time on live television with the video generating reactions on social media.

The footage of the South African diva performing the smash song at the BIANCA 2023 program was uploaded on Wednesday by ‘Charts Africa’ on X (previously known as Twitter), with a certain reaction drawing comparisons to Nigerian superstar singer, Ayra Starr.

Fans took to comparing the style of music and dance moves deployed by both singers with others disapproving the comparison.

Tyla, 21, and Ayra Starr, 21, previously worked on the song “Girl Next Door” in May, and Tyla expressed her delight at collaborating with the Afrobeats sensation.

I absolutely loved working with Ayra Starr on our new single, ‘Girl Next Door,’” Tyla said in a press release. “She’s such a talented artist, and I feel like our energies really came together to create something special. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

On Wednesday, Charts Africa posted: “Tyla performing #Water for the first time on live television.”

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The comparison, however, strted when @_dhemii said:
Tyla is who Ayra Starr thinks she is.”

@anthony_fedora replied:

“Ayra Starr is exactly who she thinks she is, g** with that downplaying another person in other to elevate another.

“You can admire Tyla without trying to put an equally beautiful and talented Ayra Starr down.”

@AbiodunRaphiat alao said: “Nigerians and their insecurity attitude, why are you comparing your artist to SAans artists. Always looking for rivalry in everything,
Tyla is not copying your Ayra star
Tyla is a queen on her own 👑 and she’s gonna shine for a very long time.”

@smilenelisa commented:

“Y’all are so weird Ayra Starr is one of the few artists that has always hyped Tyla before she blew up don’t try and pit these two talented ladies against each other, anyway stream Girl next door by Tyla ft Ayra Starr.”

@pinkyswearand1 posted:

“Two bad bees can co-exist and we love them equally . Tyla is who she thinks she is and Ayra Starr is also who she thinks she is and personally I and a whole lot of other people love them like that.”

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@BryanJustin7 posted a video of Tyla and Aura singing together with the caption: “Tyla & Ayra ♨️”

@Ellsx_ said:

Ayra and tyla are like the same to me lmaoo just different skin tones and accents. African baddies 😮‍💨”

‘Water’ by Tyla

Tyla recently made Billboard Hot 100 history which is her first career entry on the chart as she becomes the youngest South African musician to appear on the list which is the most popular music ranking chart in the US, published weekly.

The viral hit song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, after trending for several weeks on TikTok as Water is the first solo song by a South African musician to appear on the chart since jazz legend Hugh Masekela’s Grazing in the Grass 55 years ago.

The TikTok dance challenge has also popularised the South African Bacardi dance routine to a global audience.

“Tyla debuts at number 67 on this week’s Hot 100. It is her first career entry on the chart,” US music and entertainment magazine Billboard, which compiles the list, said on Monday, ahead of the release of the week’s list.

Tyla also reacted to the news on X, formerly Twitter.

I’m a South African girl born and raised in Johannesburg. This is crazy,” she said.

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Released in July, Water started gaining popularity in August when Tyla, whose full name is Tyla Laura Seethal, started sharing TikTok videos of herself dancing to it.

The song fuses a mix of genres, including Afrobeats, pop, R&B, and Amapiano, a South African style of electronic dance music.

Water has so far surpassed 3.6 million views on YouTube and attracted 10.7 million monthly Spotify listeners for Tyla.

Water has also ranked on other music charts in the US and UK, including the Billboard Afrobeats and R&B charts.





‘Christ Lives In Me,’ Daddy Yankee Quits Music To Evangelize Jesus




Famous reggaeton star Ramón Ayala, aka Daddy Yankee, has officially retired from music.

The Puerto Rican singer and rapper announced this on stage during the final day of his farewell tour, La Meta, in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

He said he now hopes to “evangelize the world” and live for Jesus.

In a video message shared via his Instagram page, ‘The King Of Reggaeton’ said that a part of him felt empty and he had been trying to fill a void in his life for a long time that no one could fill.

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In his message, the ‘Despacito’ crooner cited a Bible verse; “I was able to travel the world for years winning many awards, applause and praise, but I realized something that the Bible says, ‘what good is it for a man to gain the whole world if he forfeits his soul?’”

He added: “One story is over and a new story is going to begin, a new beginning.”

Daddy Yankee began his career in 1994 and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the reggaeton genre.

He retired at the age of 46.

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Better To Be Egoistic Than To Be Too Humble – Asake On People Taken Him For Granted [VIDEO]




Famous singer Ahmed Ololade, aka Asake, has recalled how some people once took him “for granted” because he was “too humble.”

In a video making the rounds on social media, Asake, while chatting with a group of friends, stated that it is better to be egoistic than to be “too humble,” as he emphasised that excessive humility often brings disrespect.

Speaking from experience, Asake said that when someone is egoistic, people feel the person is inaccessible and place more value on the person.

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He said: “To me, humility is like a waste of time. People don’t appreciate it. At the end of the day, life is about your perception. That is how I think. It’s my world.

“I’ve been around people, that I tried to let them say who I am but they didn’t appreciate it. As an artiste, if you come to somewhere, if you’re humble, they will take you for granted. But if you have ego, they feel like you’re not accessible so they will like you more. People would rather see what you’re doing than you showing them humility. So, just do what you need to do.”


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Portable Walks Runway At British Fashion Awards [VIDEO]




Controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, aka Portable, graced the runway of the 2023 British Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Monday.

The ‘Zazu’ crooner accompanied British-Nigerian Grime rapper Skepta to the event.

Portable strutted behind Skepta and other members of his BBK crew amid pomp and pageantry.

Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the attendees.

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Big winners of the night included Jonathan Anderson for Designer of the Year; Sarah Burton for the Special Recognition Award, and Martine Rose for British Menswear Designer of the Year. Singer Sam Smith was the recipient of the Cultural Innovator Award, while British-Ghanaian actress and writer Michaela Coel took the gong for the Pandora Leader of Change.

Video of Portable walking the runway:


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