Manifesto’s 16th Edition Festival Features GRAMMY-Winner Jazmine Sullivan and Afrobeats Phenomenon Tems

The Manifesto festival of music, arts and youth culture celebrates its “sweet sixteen” August 8th-13th and begin their rollout on August 12th at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage with a live concert experience featuring two of the music industry’s most talked about artists; R&B singer-songwriter powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan and afrobeats phenomenon Tems. Tems’ meteoric rise in the global music industry has been propelled by numerous hit singles including “Higher” – which is sampled on Future’s 2022 chart busting “Wait For U” single alongside Drake, making her the first African artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts – and was further cemented by breakthrough collaborations with Drake (“Fountains) and Wiz Kid (“Essence”) among others. Philly’s two-time GRAMMY-winning hit maker Sullivan boasts a catalogue of hit songs (“Need U Bad”, “Let It Burn”, “Pick Up Your Feelings”) and anthemic collaborations (“Girl Like Me” with H.E.R), that helped land her on the list of Time Magazine’s 2022 “100 Most Influential People”. This year’s festival will be co-hosted by Creative Tresor and recent 2022 Juno Award-winning rapper Charmaine, and promises to be special. “Manifesto is beautifully unique because it was started and continues to be led by young artists and community leaders whose mandate is to incubate, elevate and generate opportunities for the next generation of music leaders and decision makers. This year we were intentional in weaving our year-round programming throughout not just our live show, but all the programming leading up to it. We’ve been listening to you Toronto, and we will not disappoint” says Tinesha Richards, Manifesto’s Managing Director. Adds festival co-host Charmaine “Last year (Manifesto) was my very first live performance on any stage, so it’s really amazing to be a part of it in this capacity this time around. Can’t wait to see all the talented artists and beautiful crowd out there. It’s about to go DOWN!”

As has been the case over the last 15 years, this year Manifesto produced a festival lineup that seamlessly blends global superstars with some of Canada’s finest homegrown world class talents. From critically-acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Amaal, all the way over to performances from rising stars, Juno-nominated Dylan SinclairPlanet GizaZeina and more (TBA), including sets from Manifesto’s in-house DJ Killa Kels, this year’s lineup will whet the appetite of festival attendees, both new and old, looking for a real entertainment boost this summer. The mission and mandate of Manifesto has always been to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their skills, and this year is no different, as buzzing up-and-comers DVBLMFame HolidayTia BanksRay HMNDBenita, and Vividd will also be taking centre stage and performing live, for all of Toronto to see. “This summer is already turning out to be a legendary moment for the city, with all the festivals and curated activations that are coming to Toronto and our city finally being viewed as a central destination for high-end live musical experiences,” explains Manifesto’s Programming Director, Marcus Adade. “Manifesto Festival goes a bit further with the aim to create the most memorable moments and continue to add to the rich legacy of live concert experiences. In the planning stages, the community was the central plot in our mood-board and we confidently feel that this festival is the people’s choice award!”

Although returning to a ticketed model, Manifesto made certain that accessibility was a top priority. Tickets are priced from $25 – $99.50 (+taxes and fees) and will go on sale Friday, June 10 2022. Tickets will be available for purchase on www.mnfsto.com at 10:00 am EST.

Follow Manifesto on TwitterInstagram , and TikTok for updates and more information about Manifesto Festival Week: Heath and Wellness Retreat, The Summit: Future Insiders, Next Up: Emerging Artists Showcase and The After Party, which will run from August 8th to August 12th.

Tems Tells Apple Music About Truth, Overcoming Fear, Writing From a True Place and More

On episode two of Leading Vibe Radio, Tems, Tunji and Muyiwa explore ‘The Other Side’ of humanity as they talk self-awareness, fear, celebrity, therapy and empathy. The Nigerian artist shares her motivations for making music, more stories from her childhood and advice for creatives on remaining honest and authentic with their work.

Key quotes from the episode and image below. If you’re able to use, please credit to Leading Vibe Radio with Tems on Apple Music 1. 

Listen to the episode in-full anytime on-demand with an Apple Music subscription at apple.co/_LeadingVibe 

Tems On The Theme Of This Week’s Episode – ‘The Other Side’

Everybody has anxieties. Everybody has issues. Why are we here? To share them. So that other people can maybe find something that would help them by just knowing that they’re not alone and that it can be overcome. And that there is a better life. And amongst all this misery, amongst all this chaos, there can be joy that can be found actually in life, just by you sharing your truth. And that’s why it’s important for you to share it. Not think about what you think people want to hear, but what is actually real because somebody needs that real and the real cannot be replaced, there’s only one truth. That’s the most precious thing you can ever do, is to be completely honest. Not for you. I mean for you, but also for, most importantly, for others, for the next generation, for other people to make life better. That’s what the other side is about. Things are never as they seem and… I feel like a lot of times people want to be distracted from their own lives. I challenge you to not be distracted from your life. I challenge you to look at yourself in the mirror, look at yourself, think about yourself, find yourself, love yourself, take care of yourself. I challenge you to do that. Don’t idolize anybody’s… You don’t have to think about what you are not doing or what you are afraid of. Face that fear and know that on the other side, there’s something amazing for you. 

Tems On Fear And The Difference Between Being A ‘Doer’ And A ‘Viewer’

I think the difference between a doer and a viewer is fear. I think the only difference between me and somebody that can also sing, that nobody knows right now, that has never released any kind of music at all, is fear. 

Just putting yourself out there is fear that separates us, and a lot of people that do view other people really speak and judge based on how they see themselves. And a lot of the things that people say, a lot of the opinions that people have, are really based on a kind of low key jealousy that they’re not really able to put themselves out there. And they find confidence in being invisible. And the challenge is overcoming fear. The first challenge to becoming a doer is overcoming fear.

And then when you are now a doer, I feel like you are watching other people… judge what you are doing, even though they’re not doing anything at all. And the challenge is reminding yourself that their opinion doesn’t matter actually. And if they knew anything about life, they won’t be online speaking, they’ll be doing too.

Tems On Focus, Taking Time Between Releasing Music And How People React To That

People imagine themselves to be in your position, but don’t actually understand the actual work that goes into it. So everything that they say is based off of their imagination. One thing that a lot of people never notice until now is that the first half of every single year, since I ever released music is my time to work on myself, work on my music, do everything I need to do. And in that time it seems like, “Oh my God, what’s going on?” Nothing is going on. And people start talking because everybody is scared. It looks like they have something important to say, or they have something reasonable to say, but really it’s fear.

And they’re scared for me in quotes, but if you go to the roots of that, it’s really because they’re afraid of doing what they really want to do. And they feel like, “Oh, how can this person just be chilling? What is she doing?” But you actually don’t know what I do on a daily basis. You actually don’t know how my life actually is in real life; you can’t even fathom it. And if you were me, do you know whether you’d be alive? Do you know whether you wouldn’t have done something by now? Do you know whether you would’ve handled it better than me? Because you don’t know what I’ve seen or what I’ve gone through. And a lot of this is really self-projection. Just projecting your own fears.

Tems On Overcoming Fear

Everybody has their personal… what they feel fear, what the result of fear is in their lives and how they see something. Or how they react to something that they’re afraid of. And I believe it’s really looking at yourself and asking yourself if this is something to be afraid of. 

It really is just about looking at what it is and being honest with yourself. And a lot of times, what we think are afraid of is really not what it seems like on the surface. A lot of times there’s a root to that fear. There’s a, “oh, I’m afraid of getting fat. Am I afraid of getting fat? Or am I just afraid of not looking…” Or “do I just not believe in myself? Do I just not think I’m good enough?” Or “do I not just think that I will ever be good enough?” There’s always a deeper question. And then when you find that deeper question, you start to see yourself a bit more clearly. You start to see things a bit more clearly. 

Tems On Whether She Thinks About How People Will Receive Her Music

Honestly, I don’t. Maybe on the day that we’re releasing it, the day of, I’ll start looking for everything. Every reason why this song, this project should not be out. I’ll start thinking, oh my gosh, what have I done? I’ll start having last minute anxiety. And when I know I can’t do anything about it, it’s already something that is gone. Even if I said, oh, let’s not do it, I can’t actually stop it, but I just always decide all the time to have that last minute bout of drama. I just have some drama going on just before the 12 midnight, I’ll start acting dramatic. Just because it is my, “oh, it’s finally out” way of celebrating. It’s a ritual.

Apart from that, I really don’t. Do you think Picasso ever thought, “Hmm, I wonder if the way people think right now will stop them from understanding this art. Maybe I should draw something that people can receive well.” I don’t. I mean, imagine if he did that, and we probably would not know his name, which real artist thinks about how people would receive something? Even if you took the formula, the reason why everybody should like something, you still find people that absolutely hate it and absolutely cannot digest it and absolutely dislike it. Even if I decided I’m going to do a project that’s hits only. According to what I think people think is a hit, I would do a project that’s hits only. Hits only. Hits only. It sounds mad. It sounds like a great idea. But when it comes out, there’ll be something that doesn’t quite gel. And it’s not just because I have become a slave to people’s opinions. It’s also that there’s nobody in this life that everybody likes. There’s nobody. Art is an extension of you. Everybody cannot like your art because everybody cannot understand you. Everybody cannot receive what you’re trying to send. And what you’re really just trying to send is the truth from your eyes. How you see life, everybody can’t see how life, the way you see life. So why worry about whether they’ll see it from your perspective. If you don’t, you don’t, I’ll be fine either way. I’m still alive. 

Tems On Whether She Actively Tries To Make Songs That Will Empower Her Listeners

No. I don’t think that because you don’t think. Art is not something that is created out of thinking, it’s created out of doing. You just open your mouth and sing. When I freestyle, when I make things, when I made “Replay,” I literally just opened my mouth and I just started singing. I didn’t think about, “Oh, this is empowering.” Even when I made “Free Mind,” I was dealing with a lot in my mind. And me, I was just releasing. I was just like, oh God. I was just feeling it deeply. I wasn’t thinking about anything. It’s not a thought process. You don’t think about breathing. 

I would never regret anything I released because I know that came from my soul and that’s what is important. Every single song came from a true place. So the only way I can ever regret is if I do think, “Hmm, what would people like?” And then I release it and realize, that’s not me at all. Why did I do this? I don’t even believe the things I’m saying, why did I do this? And then I’m unhappy, while everybody’s happy. And everybody is feeling great with that song. And there’ll still be haters on that song too. But if that song now went up, now I know that I hate that song with my life. Every time I perform it, I know it’s not me. And then I’ve trapped myself into a marriage with this song that I know I don’t really believe in. So who loses, who wins? Because the people that are listening to it, is it a win for them? Do they actually get anything tangible from that thing that isn’t true, from that song that isn’t your real life? So what was the point?  

Some people’s way of creating is thinking about the masses. That’s perfectly fine. But for me and for any real artist, if you want to be happy, because you can have all the money in the world, you can have all the hits in the world and you’ll be miserable and you’ll be trapped because you now start feeling like you can’t express the real you after making so many hits. Then you can’t, you’re afraid to show people who you actually are. Because you feel they won’t accept you. And then you trap yourself in your mind and you live your life continuously miserable.

Tems Launches ‘Leading Vibe Radio’ on Apple Music 1

Nigerian singer-songwriter, producer and Apple Music Up Next alum Tems has announced ‘Leading Vibe Radio’, a new biweekly radio series airing on Apple Music’s global live-streaming radio station Apple Music 1. On ‘Leading Vibe Radio’, Tems says she will be “shining a light on women, artists, and creatives that are finding their way, finding their voice, and talking about how to be good soil—something that greatness can grow out of,” and bring “Africa to the world.”

The inaugural episode of Leading Vibe Radio is an introduction to Tems, her co-hosts and her new show. She answers questions from her co-manager Muyiwa and brother Tunji, and shares details, stories and thoughts about her life, her childhood, her creative process and her taste in music. The trio expands on the episode’s broad theme of ‘Leading The Vibe’, as we eavesdrop on honest and real conversations, soundtracked by a personally curated playlist featuring some of Tems’ favourite songs and artists, old and new.

Leading Vibe Radio with Tems will air biweekly on Saturdays on Apple Music 1 at 7am PT / 3pm UK, beginning April 2nd.

Listen live for free at or anytime on-demand with an Apple Music subscription at apple.co/_LeadingVibe

Tems Announced As Apple Music Up Next Artist

Apple Music today announced artist/producer Tems as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. The artist just announced her signing to Since ’93/RCA Records, following the release of her new single, ‘Crazy Tings.’ 

Tems is a dynamic songwriter and producer who is bringing a new energy to the Nigerian music scene. The Isale Eko native boasts a blend of R&B and Soul paired with African nuances to create her unique sound. Last year, Tems released her first EP, For Broken Ears, which was the top R&B album in 43 countries, receiving nods from artists like Brent Faiyaz, Chris Brown, Drake, and more. Tems also appears on Drake’s newest album, Certified Lover Boy, as well as Wizkid’s standout single, ‘Essence,’ which has held the #1 position on Shazam’s Top 200 Charts. Dubbed the “song of the summer” by critics/fans, the track went #1 at Urban Radio and #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, with a new version recently released with Justin Bieber. Tems’ songs have been have been prominently featured on Apple Music playlists such as Afrobeats Hits, Africa Now, Top 100: Nigeria, she was deemed an Apple Music ‘Africa Rising‘ artist, has curated exclusive guest playlists for Apple Music Africa Month and Holiday Sounds, and contributed to Apple Music’s Exclusive Original Playlist: Juneteenth 2021: Freedom Songs.

“I’m so so excited to be selected as the Apple Music Up Next artist,” says Tems. “I’m happy that i can share my story and the story of where I am from. Sending huge love to Apple Music for encouraging artists, and providing the visibility needed to impact societies on a global scale.”

“Tems once told me that ‘being yourself actually takes more courage than people would imagine,” said Apple Music 1 host Nadeska. “In her career that has meant ignoring opinions and pressure to compromise her music, while constantly defying expectations. Her debut EP was raw and addictive, leaving fans hungry for her next release. And no matter how her songwriting evolves, her unique and captivating vocal tone will bring her the spotlight on any original or feature record she touches.”

In her Up Next film out today, Tems shares details of her journey, growing up with a single mom in Lagos, Nigeria, being extremely introverted, and afraid to use her regular singing voice because it was too “textured.” She also talks about getting a job right out of university because she thought she had to provide and that’s what her family wanted. She tells Apple Music: “My decision to quit my job, that leap that I took, literally everything was just coming together. Just off ’Try Me’ alone I had a lot of shows. I couldn’t go out anymore, I couldn’t go to the supermarket anymore, I was like, ‘ok something is happening.’ ’Try Me’ came out of that strife, and I really wanted it to mean something, especially for Nigerians, people that live in this country, because things are hard.”

Additional Up Next campaign moments include a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on September 29 and a sit down interview with Apple Music 1’s Nadeska, where she discusses her highlights from the last year, working with Wizkid on ‘Essence,’ as well as its remix with Justin Bieber, and the new music she has coming. 

Check out her Apple Music 1 interview with Nadeska HERE

Stream the If Orange Was A Place EP today and add the Apple Music Up Next Playlist into your listening rotation.

Nigerian Superstar Tems Unveils Stunning Debut EP “For Broken Ears”

Nigerian superstar Tems has released her debut EP For Broken Ears available to stream/purchase HERE. The stunning seven track collection was primarily written and produced by Tems herself, with additional production by Oddio, Spax and Omeiza, and also comes alongside a new Demola Falomo (Rema, Santi) directed music video for the EP’s lead single “Damages.”

A self-actualized body of work, For Broken Ears is a startling introduction to a fully formed creative force who refuses to play by anyone else’s rules. The deep richness to her vocal, reminiscent of Koffee or Tracy Chapman, undeniable hooks and an additional blend of soul and language that is uniquely hers. From the carefree and vibey “Ice T” through to the introspective, vulnerable “Higher,” the EP runs through the full spectrum of human emotion yet always remaining both relatable, honest, and genuinely fun.

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Nigerian Superstar Tems New Single “Damages” & Announces Debut EP, “Broken Ears” Due Out 9/25

With a sound that is both sweetly intimate yet global in nature, Nigerian superstar singer, songwriter, and producer Tems today announces her debut EP For Broken Ears is set for release on September 25th. Following a similar pattern as her previous releases to date, the EP was primarily written and produced by Tems herself, with additional production by Oddio, Spax, and Omeiza.

Listen to the EP’s lead single “Damages” HERE and pre-order/saveTems’ debut EP For Broken Ears HERE.

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