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About Tems

A rising star in Nigeria’s alté (meaning “alternative”) scene, singer-songwriter Tems broke through in 2018 with her single “Mr Rebel.” • Born in Nigeria, Tems studied piano as a kid and would also sing with her brother, who played guitar. Using her mother’s poem book, she created her first song when she was six. • In 2018, she quit her marketing job and released the single “Mr Rebel.” The song blew up and earned Tems two nominations at the Nigerian awards show The Headies: Best Vocal Performance and Best Alternative Song. • She scored another streaming hit in 2019 with the single “Try Me.” • In 2020, she joined fellow Nigerian artist Davido on the Afrobeats remix of Khalid’s “Know Your Worth.” That same year, Tems released her debut EP, For Broken Ears.

Lagos, Nigeria
June 11, 1995

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