Nigeria’s Tega Starr is back on our screens and in our hearts with new visuals for his hit single, “French Kiss.”
In collaboration with #emPawa 100 creator Mr Eazi and South African production powerhouse Master KG, “French Kiss” is Starr’s first track since joining the collective, and we are more than excited to hear what he has coming next. Production credits also go to Nigeria’s Magic Sticks.
A story of resilience and believing in your gifts, Starr’s journey to his first single was not exactly smooth, “It all started two years ago,” he remembers, “I was trying to get on the emPawa platform but wasn’t chosen. I kept on working hard before I finally made it. Mr Eazi and I released a song called ‘French Kiss’ which is making a lot of waves in the UK and across Africa.”
The single, set to stay as a reminder of COVID-19 related lockdowns and the strain it put on many romantic ventures, came out of frustrations over the same reasons. “‘French Kiss’ was inspired by a girl I met online before the COVID-19 lockdown. We started talking, it got interesting and I wanted to meet her but because of the lockdown, it wasn’t possible.”
He goes on to say, “I felt down and frustrated when Mr Eazi sent me the beat from Master KG, this was the only thing on my mind, so I got writing on how I was feeling and it felt like going against all odds to see her despite the lockdown. That is why the lyric contains ‘‘if na Egypt you dey I go dey where you dey” meaning, I want to be wherever she is no matter what. I sent the song back to Mr Eazi. He loved it and blessed me with the best verse in the world. ‘French Kiss’ is dedicated to everyone who could not see their loved ones during the lockdown.”
And Mr Eazi seems to be as into Tega Starr as the newcomer is him, “Tega is super talented,” said Mr Eazi, “and [he’s] developing really fast! When I heard the record I was so in love with it, I jumped on it instantly! I’m super excited to be a part of his journey.”
With the single having amassed over 600,000 streams across multiple music platforms and 8 million on Triller, we trust that Tega Starr is here to stay.
Watch Tega Starr and Mr Eazi’s new music video for single “French Kiss” here.
Tega Starr & Mr Eazi – French Kiss (Official Video) #emPawa30 Artist