Kyla-Rose Smith

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Kyla-Rose Smith
Kyla-Rose Smith playing violin onstage with Freshlyground at the Rheingau Musik Festival on 11 August 2012
Kyla-Rose Smith plays violin onstage with Freshlyground at the Rheingau Musik Festival. (11 August 2012)
Background information
Born (1982-09-10) 10 September 1982 (age 36)
OriginCape Town
GenresAfropop, fusion, hip hop
Occupation(s)Violinist, vocalist, dancer
InstrumentsViolin, voice, piano
LabelsSony BMG Africa
Associated acts

Kyla-Rose Smith (born 10 September 1982) is a South African violinist, singer, and dancer.

At present, she performs with the Afropop musical ensemble Freshlyground, and with Kolo Novo Movie Band, a large ensemble that performs fusion music based on the music of Southeastern Europe. She is a former member of the hip hop music group Tumi and the Volume, and of the dance troupe Vuyani Dance Theatre. She left Vuyani Dance Theatre in 2003 when she decided to join Freshlyground.[1]

Smith grew up in a suburb of Johannesburg[2] with her brother (Tymon) and sister (Sydelle). She later trained in musical performance at the University of Cape Town.[1][2]

At the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011 held on 25 July in Johannesburg, Kyla-Rose Smith was among eight women honoured by the South African division of Glamour. Glamour declared Smith and her bandmate Zolani Mahola "The Icons" of South African women in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Band". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Timberg, Craig (30 December 2005). "A Nation Divided, but Under a Groove". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  3. ^ Groger, Jill (28 July 2011). "Glamour women". The New Age. TNA Media. Retrieved 10 August 2011.

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