Rihanna has released her first solo single in six years, and she is grateful to Nigerian singer Tems for helping write it. The song, “Lift Me Up”, was released on Friday and will appear in Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is set to be released in November.
Tems, whose full name is Temilade Openiyi, wrote on Instagram on Friday that she is also excited to have been given the opportunity to co-write the song paying tribute to Black Panther’s fallen star, Chadwick Boseman.
“Blessed to have written this song in honour of Chadwick Boseman and even more blessed to hear the baddest @badgalriri voice it to perfection,” the Nigerian singer-songwriter wrote while sharing the cover art of the song that has a portrait of Rihanna.
Rihanna appeared in the comments section, praising Tems by writing, “It’s the pen for me … love to you sistren”. Tems co-wrote “Lift Me Up” with Rihanna, Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, and director Ryan Coogler.
Tems, who has already worked with Beyonce, Drake, Justin Bieber, Future, Wizkid, and Khali, recorded a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” for the Wakanda Forever Prologue EP that was released last July.
This month, the Afrobeats sensational singer took home one of the biggest awards at the annual BMI London Awards. She won the Impact Prize which honors leading songwriters, music publishers and composers in the UK and Europe.