Tyla, the South African singer, says Tems, the Nigerian songstress, paved the way for global recognition of female African artistes.


The music stars recently joined forces on ‘No.1’, a song off Tyla’s self titled album.

In a recent interview on Kiss Fresh FM, Tyla described Tems as an “amazing” singer who opened doors for African female artistes globally.

She also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with her.


“Amazing. Tems is so talented. She is literally a force. I am so honoured to have worked with her. She has opened so many doors for us,” she said.

“We made such a beautiful song with such a beautiful message. It is a song for the girls and it is made by the girls.”

In 2023, Tyla revealed Tems inspires her as an African artiste.


In response, Tems graciously accepted the accolades, and expressed confidence that Tyla is similarly empowering young South African girls through her music.

“Man, it is an honour, I am very very, 100% sure that she’s inspiring many many many many South African babe, many girls around the world as well”, she said.

Both artistes have continued to enjoy fame globally for their talents.

In 2023, Tyla gained global popularity for her single ‘Water’ which entered the top 10 in sixteen countries including the United Kingdom and United States.


‘Water’ was the first song by a South African soloist to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years.

In February, the singer won her first Grammy Award in the ‘Best African Music Performance’ category for ‘Water’.

Tems, on the other hand, won her first-ever Grammy award in 2023.

She recently announced that her debut album ‘Born in the Wild’ will be released in May.


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