If Orange Was a Place is another EP off fast-rising global afrobeat music star. While we still haven’t gotten enough of Tems in Wizkid’s Essence. Tems has delivered a body of work manifesting her music dexterity.
If Orange Was A Place is a trip to her soulful music sphere. Therein, the 5-track EP embodies profound lyricism, hypnotic passage rite and an appealing blend of English and pidgin.
Crazy Tings got Tems trying to pull out from a needful confusion where it seems love doesn’t exist and she doesn’t belong to. Here, she is stuck and marvelling in a dilemma. Crazy Ting is a sweet lamentation of Tems.
Found accompanies Brent Faiyaz for all the justice in the world. Here, Tems is defying the odds for afrobeat and Nigerian music. The slings of string and acoustics that intertwines around their voice is the synergy that makes Found. Found is a delirious of love/hate tale.
Replay is the perfect blend of funk, soul and jazz garnished with righteous anger (para-meter), her journey and lows and the challenges of her rocketing stardom. Tems is emboldened on this one, unleashes a fighter and a winner who has always scaled the hurdles in spite of all odds. It would be bad to say Tems is gangster, go find out on Replay.
Avoid Things is that samba slow vibe unearthing her hopeless romantic escapade, the complication of love relation and idiosyncrasies of love.
Vibe out is that jerking and soft bumping vibe. Tems plays with the mic vibing on loose poetic lyrics, rhythmic repetition of words and sounds and wordplay.
If Orange Was A Place is a manifestation of the greatness Afrobeat and Nigerian music eschew on the global space. Tems might not have brought something new to the table but one thing is certain. She is an embodiment of the synergy of soul and the Nigerian-ness that appears not to fit in and yet, encompass a broader audience.