I’ve never denied my blackness – South African singer, Tyla

South African Amapiano star, Tyla Laura Seethal has debunked claims that she is originally from white heritage.

She said that she never denied her blackness in an official statement posted on Twitter while responding to comments from social media users that she is “white/Indian” and not black.

The 22-year-old Grammy winner stated that is mixed race, and explained further that her ancestry is black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian.

Tyla said that in her native South Africa, she would be classified as “Coloured” but outside her country, she would be classified as a black woman.

The ‘Water’ hitmaker wrote; “Yoh guys, [I have] never denied my blackness, idk where that came from…I’m mixed with black/Zulu, irish, Mauritian/Indian and Coloured.

“In Southa I would be classified as a Coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world.

“I don’t expect to be identified as Coloured outside of Southa by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside of SA.

“But to close this conversation, I’m both Coloured in South Africa and a black woman. As a woman of culture. It’s and not or… with that being said ASAMBEEE”

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