Award-winning Nigerian songstress, Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, has continued her ascension farther up the rungs of international success in her musical career.
This is as she has been credited as a co-writer on world famous music star turned billionaire fashion entrepreneur, Rihanna’s soon-to-be-released single, ‘Lift Me Up,’ the lead single from the upcoming ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ original soundtrack.
Tems seems to have been hard at work after winning the 2022 BET Awards for Best International Act and having collaborated with several American artistes on chart-topping songs earlier in the year.
On her contributions on the single, Tems said: “After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
A tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman who died of cancer in 2020, ‘Lift Me Up’ is written by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler. The song was recorded in five countries and was produced by Göransson.
The single, which is Rihanna’s first after a six-year hiatus, will be released on Friday October 28, 2022 through Rihanna’s own Westbury Road label in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records.
The ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – Original Score, composed and produced by Ludwig Göransson, will be available on November 11 from Hollywood Records.