The meteoric rise of Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems in the global music scene can be closely linked to the players in her network.
These power players have not only been collaborators but also pillars of support, helping her navigate the global music scene.
With her soulful voice and unique style, she has captured the hearts of many. Join us as we shed light on these influential figures and their ties with the Nigerian songstress.
Wizkid, a titan in the Afrobeats scene, has been a dominant force in African music and has made significant inroads internationally.
His collaboration with Tems on the hit single “Essence” not only showcased their musical synergy but also catapulted Tems into global recognition.
Since its release in 2020 as one of the tracks on Wizkid’s Fifth album ‘Made In Lagos,’ ‘Essence’ has enjoyed international success that has earned it a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 entry and double RIAA Platinum plaques.
The duo have been seen performing “Essence” on various stages, celebrating the song’s massive success.
Speaking about her relationship with Wizkid, Tems said, “All I’m going to say is Wiz is my brother and someone I look up to.”
Justin Bieber, a Canadian pop sensation needs no introduction. With multiple chart-topping albums and singles, Bieber has been a global music icon for over a decade.
His feature on the remix of “Essence” added an extra layer of international appeal to the song, further elevating its status.
In March 2023, Bieber uploaded a video to his Instastory revealing his reaction to Tems’ Ice T track off her debut album, For Broken Years.
In the video, Bieber seemed to be a fan of the song, making funny faces and dancing to the music. In appreciation of the Nigerian music star, Bieber tagged Tems’ official Instagram handle.
Canadian rapper and Singer, Drake is one of the most streamed artists globally, known for his versatility and ability to churn out hits consistently.
Tems was featured on the song “Fountains” by Drake, showcasing her vocal prowess and blending seamlessly with Drake’s style.
She once revealed that she cooked rice and chicken stew for the Canadian rapper and his friends during her visit to his home.
Tems wrote, “I cooked Chicken stew and rice for them, the Pepper choke them small, but they loved it.”
Khalid is an American singer known for his soulful R&B tracks. He has been a prominent figure in the music industry with hits like “Location” and “Young Dumb & Broke”.
In 2020, Tems collaborated with Khalid on a reworked version of his song “Know Your Worth”, which also featured Nigerian singer Davido.
The song was a fusion of styles, with Tems adding her unique touch to the track, making it a favourite among fans.
As usual, Tems steals the show with her impeccable vocals as she is heard demanding the kind of love she knows she deserves.
She also urged the listener to find themselves a new thing, before the song launches into the chorus where she and Khalid duet.
Brent Faiyaz is known for his raw and emotive R&B tracks. Tems collaborated with the American singer and record producer, on the song “Found.”
The song is a beautiful blend of their respective styles, creating a soul-stirring track. Tems was spotted with Faiyaz after her show in New York City.
Reports suggest that Faiyaz is a great fan of the Nigerian songstress as he joined hundreds of fans to celebrate her at the show.
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