In the wake of South African musician Tyla’s recent Grammy victory, the reaction from fellow artist YoungstaCPT has sparked a mix of emotions. Tyla, a 22-year-old songstress, clinched her first Grammy Award for the Best African Music Performance with her chart-topping hit “Water”, marking a significant achievement not just for her but for the South African music scene as a whole.
As accolades and congratulatory messages pour in from across the nation, with thousands of South Africans expressing their joy and pride on social media, one particular response has stirred controversy. YoungstaCPT, a renowned South African rapper and wordsmith, known off-stage as Riyadh Roberts, shared his thoughts on the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, which unfortunately did not resonate well with many.
“At this point, if you wanna be taken seriously as a coloured, you gotta do something serious for South Africa 1st 🥇”, he posted early Monday following Tyla’s win.
This remark has led to a wave of displeasure and discomfort among fans and followers, diverging significantly from the celebratory atmosphere surrounding Tyla’s Grammy win. While the intent behind YoungstaCPT’s message may have been to inspire or provoke thought about the representation and recognition of coloured artists within the South African music industry and beyond, the execution and timing have been met with criticism.
The discourse that has unfolded in the wake of YoungstaCPT’s tweet highlights the complexities and sensitivities around issues of race, recognition, and representation in South Africa. It raises pertinent questions about the expectations placed on artists from diverse backgrounds and the criteria by which their contributions and achievements are judged.
Moreover, this incident underscores the power of social media as a platform for public figures to influence and engage with their audience. The reactions to YoungstaCPT’s message reflect the broader societal debates about identity, achievement, and the way forward for South Africa’s multifaceted cultural landscape.
As the conversation continues, it serves as a reminder of the need for dialogue and understanding in navigating the nuanced realities of South Africa’s diverse society. Meanwhile, Tyla’s Grammy win remains a beacon of success and a source of inspiration for many young South African artists, showcasing the global potential of South African music and talent.