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Nigerian singer Tems is a powerhouse of R&B, Afrobeats and soul.

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Who is Tems? Tems is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer who has made a name for herself as one of the most talented voices in R&B and Afrobeats. Born Temilade Openiyi in Lagos, Nigeria, Tems first started making music when she was just 11 years old. Growing up surrounded by musical influences — her father was an artist manager and her mother was in the fashion industry — she went on to release her first single “Try Me” in 2019. Since then, she has collaborated with the likes of Rema, Olamide and WizKid, released her debut EP “For Broken Ears” in 2020, and amassed millions of streams on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.Tems’ Career Tems’ career began to take off after she was featured on the single “Mr Rebel” by Olamide in 2019. The song propelled Tems into the spotlight and earned her a nomination for Best Alternative Song at The Headies Awards. She followed this success with her debut EP “For Broken Ears” which was released in 2020. The EP featured her hit single “Damages” which earned her numerous awards including a nomination for Best Pop Single at the 2020 Headies Awards. In 2021, Tems collaborated with WizKid on the single “Essence” which further solidified her status as one of Nigeria’s most promising artists.What Makes Tems Unique? Tems stands out from other Nigerian singers as she incorporates a variety of musical styles into her sound. Her music is a blend of soulful R&B and Afrobeats which has earned her comparisons to acts such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. She also strives to create music that reflects her own experiences and speaks to personal issues such as heartbreak, identity and self-empowerment. Her unique style has earned her international recognition from publications such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, BBC Radio 1Xtra and more.What’s Next for Tems? Tems is currently working on new music for 2021 and beyond. She recently released a collaboration with Rema titled “Know Your Worth” which has already garnered millions of streams. She is also set to perform at several festivals throughout the year including Afropunk London 2021 and Red Bull Music Festival 2021. With her unique sound and stellar collaborations, there is no doubt that Tems will continue to make waves in the Nigerian music scene for years to come.