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27th January 2023

Singer-Songwriter Tems Confirms Writing ‘Lift Me Up’ By Riri

Singer-Songwriter Tems Confirms Writing 'Lift Me Up' By Riri
Singer-Songwriter Tems Confirms Writing 'Lift Me Up' By Riri (Photo via-Instagram)

African Afro-pop Queen and Singer-songwriter Tems has just confirmed that she owns the magical pen behind Rihanna’s latest single that just dropped on Friday, titled ‘Lift Me Up”.

The fast-rising and multiple award winning Afro-pop Queen and Singer-songwriter Tems, taking to her official social media handle on Friday 28th October 2022, to claim her rights to the song, posted a cover page of Rihanna’s latest music, with these words as caption:

Blessed to have written this song in honour of Chadwick Boseman and even more blessed to hear the baddest @badgirlriri voice it to perfection” she said.

Rihanna also reacted to Tems’ post about the new song, where she appreciated her skills and gift with the pen. She stating:

It’s the pen for me. Love you sistren” she replied Tems.

Rihannad the singer turned makeup mogul had at midnight on Friday, dropped her first solo release since her Anti album in 2016. “Lift Me Up,” which is part of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, and a moving tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. 

“Lift me up, hold me down / Keep me close, safe and sound,” she sings over the ballad’s strings-heavy instrumental. She goes on to describe drowning in an endless sea, but finding strength in the arms of the person she’s singing to. 

Others who contributed to the song are Rihanna, Ludwig Van Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler.

Few other details have been released about the song, or the soundtrack album that Rihanna is said to be curating in a manner similar to the way Kendrick Lamar helmed the first film’s album.

“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,” Tems said in a statement. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”

Along with her Super Bowl performance, Rihanna is prepping for her fourth annual Savage X Fenty fashion show which will feature Anitta, Burna Boy, Don Toliver, and Maxwell as performing artists. The event will be premiering exclusively via Prime Video with other bold-faced names such as Ángela Aguilar, Avani Gregg, Bella Poarch, Cara Delevingne and more set to make appearances.

Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original “Black Panther,” died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43. The follow-up film centers on Wakanda’s leaders as they contend with the death of their ruler and fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers. Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke co-star in the film.

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