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The Little Desk is doing work from property for the foreseeable long run. Introducing NPR Music’s Little Desk (property) concert events, bringing you performances from across the region and the globe. It’s the very same spirit — stripped-down sets, an personal placing — just a different space.

From an stylish overall performance area in Lagos, Nigeria, Temilade Openiyi, aka Tems, adorns hues that recall the title of her newest EP, If Orange Was a Position. As she slips into performance manner, emoting with her eyelids drooped a bit, she starts “Identified” in her higher register ahead of switching to that unmistakably abundant alto range. That is when the magic starts off.

Her songs aligns beautifully with the Small Desk aesthetic: Almost everything is stripped away to reveal the feels. About the past few of decades, the Nigerian singer’s star has been on a steady ascent, beginning with the release of her 1st few of singles, “Try Me” and “Mr. Rebel.” “Damages” (executed below) was massive in Nigeria and helped put her title on the U.S. map. That sluggish and continuous tactic led to attributes on two massive intercontinental hits: Drake’s “Fountains,” a person of the standouts on Licensed Lover Boy, and “Essence” by Wizkid showcasing ahem … starring Tems. Originally launched past yr, the latter was arguably the track of this summer season (check with any individual who braved the nightclubs in 2021). People two jams served as a gateway to what’s getting to be a substantial discography, and her Small Desk setlist tacitly implies, “I know you love those people tracks and you can enjoy these, too.” She’s ideal.

Set Listing

  • “Found”
  • “Absolutely free Brain”
  • “Looku Looku”
  • “Replay”
  • “Damages”


  • Tems: vocals
  • Nsikak David: guitar
  • Afolabi Adekomaiya: drums
  • Obinna Enwere: keys
  • Ayo Dele Owa: bass


  • Video: Ebuka Nwobu, ua.x
  • Audio: Akano (Spax) Samuel
  • Creation Supervisor: Chisom Nwobu
  • Art Director: Desola Falomo
  • Affiliate Producers: Kenechukwu Nwobu, Adedamola Adetunji
  • Gaffer: Ekene Ucheonwu
  • Digital camera Operators: Gbolahan Inaolaji Quam, Folarin Oludare
  • Site Manager: Debo Johnson
  • Camera Assistants: Tobi Oloko
  • Editor: uaxstudio
  • Colorist: Eduvie ‘Stedi’ Emojevwe
  • Manufacturing Business: uaxstudio + Ladder, Lex & Booker

Tiny DESK Crew

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video clip Producer: Maia Stern
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Generation Crew: Bob Boilen, Kara Body, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann