Directed by Dir. Uax
Fast-rising singer Tems born Temilade Openiyi has been on an excellent run since the start of the year. Her resonant, lustrous duet “Essence” with pop megastar Wizkid ー which currently sits on the ninth spot of the Billboard Hot 100 ー has catapulted her to the greenrooms of the mainstream, winning her eminent admirers that reads like the roster of a super label: Adele, Rihanna, Drake among many others. Her impressive debut EP coupled with the success of “Essence” kickstarted a causal effect, one that has earned her nominations at notable award shows, a lucrative record deal and has also firmly positioned her as one of the most important flagbearers of the music coming out of Nigeria and the continent at large.
Following her compelling showing on “Fountains”, an Afrobeats-inspired cut from Drake’s latest studio album Certified Lover Boy, she released the slow-burning If Orange Was A Place, her sophomore effort. On the delicate 5-tracker, she runs through themes of remaining true, finding inner peace and love with her stark vocals and dazzling flows mostly taking center stage.
Earlier today, the 26-year-old shared the sparkling visuals for “Crazy Tings”, the bouncy lead single – and opening track – from If Orange Was A Place as she continues her spectacular run. Directed by Dir. Uax, the video features Tems cheerfully dancing and strutting through various engaging sets, almost like an allegory for how her year – and relatively short career – has been: graciously moving through it all.