Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, is having a blossoming career run in the international scene. With her recent Grammy Award win, she’s broken a big record in the history of Afrobeat.
Tems who had difficulties getting signed to record labels in Nigeria turned into a big star after the release of her smash hit single “Try Me”. The power in her voice and the magic in her pen made her become one of the most promising talents in her few months of stardom.
Wizkid was one of the first Nigerian artists who noticed the greatness in Tems, and he was quick to have her on a song that turned out to be the biggest record on his “Made In Lagos” album.
“Essence” by Wizkid featuring Tems is the song the sold Tems out to the international market and raised demands of international stars moving to collaborate with her. In the past one or two years, Tems has featured on some big records with top artists worldwide, and her Grammy win with “Wait For You” by Future featuring Drake was more than deserving. Tems actually played a big part in that song.
What Tems Grammy Win Means For Afrobeat
Tems Grammy win is another global stamp on Afrobeats. Afrobeats is no longer getting international recognition, Afrobeats has recognition, and now we are making a mark on the world. – Ayodeji Samson
Tems Grammy win is another reflection of the fact that there is a place for Nigerian female artistes in the world stage despite the male dominance of the music industry.
Wizkid’s efforts at working with young talented acts, exposing them to the international market in recent years, have finally rubbed back positively to the entire world of Afrobeats with Tems Grammy win. – Adekunle Jelil
Congratulations to Tems and the entire Afrobeats community as a whole.