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Tyla Clarifies Controversy Surrounding her Identity

Tyla addresses controversy over her self-identification as "coloured," highlighting her diverse heritage and the complexities of racial identity.
Words by Madeline Walton

In a bid to address swirling controversy, Tyla took to her Instagram story to set the record straight regarding her self-identification as “coloured.” The rising star, known for her unapologetic authenticity, shared a heartfelt message with her followers, shedding light on her diverse heritage and the complexities of racial classification.

Dispelling misconceptions, Tyla emphasized that she has never denied her blackness, clarifying that her heritage comprises a blend of various cultures, including Black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian, and Coloured. In her native South Africa, where racial classifications hold significant cultural and historical weight, Tyla explained that she would be categorized as a Coloured woman. However, she acknowledged the fluidity of racial identity, acknowledging that classifications vary across different regions and cultures.

Addressing concerns about the term “Coloured” and its connotations outside of South Africa, Tyla expressed understanding and empathy, stating that she does not expect to be identified as Coloured in regions where the term may carry different meanings or sensitivities. Nevertheless, she affirmed her identity as both Coloured in South Africa and a black woman, embracing the complexity of her multicultural background.


Asserting her pride in her heritage and commitment to cultural inclusivity, Tyla concluded her message with a rallying cry for unity and celebration: “As a woman for the culture. It’s and not or… with that being said ASAMBEEE”.

Photo from the Instagram page @rapalert2.0, with no intended copyright infringement.

Tyla’s candid and insightful response to the controversy exemplifies her unwavering dedication to authenticity and cultural understanding, encouraging open dialogue and appreciation for diversity.

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