Music star, Robyn Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna, has announced the release of her new single, the first after a six-year hiatus from the music industry.

Rihanna in the past years focused on her thriving fashion and beauty empire.

Barbadian singer, Rihanna

The ‘Umbrella’ singer tweeted on Wednesday, 26th October, 2022, that she will release the single “Lift Me Up” from the “Wakanda Forever” soundtrack on October 28, 2022.

Rihanna teased a video of the track via her Twitter page on Wednesday, and captioned the post, “Lift Me Up”,10.28.2022.”

Rihanna co-wrote “Lift Me” with Nigeria’s Tems, music producer, Ludwig Göransson, and Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler, according to reports.

The post caused a frenzy among fans, who have been awaiting new music from the Fenty Beauty founder since her 2016 album ‘Anti’.

In response to the teaser announcement, many fans seemed to be convinced that it was indeed about Rihanna. 

It’s about time RiRi does this film,” commented one fan. 

Another wrote, “Academy Award-winner Rihanna is in the house!” 

The track which will be released on November 4th, 2022, was written as a tribute to the lead star of the first Black Panther film, Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 at the age of 43.

Chadwick Boseman

In a press statement, Tems  said; “After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life.

“I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them

“Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.

Tems  had earlier featured on one of the movie’s soundtracks, with her rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.”

Rihanna has not released any project since she dropped her album, Anti, in 2016. Her most recent work is a short chorus on PARTYNEXTDOOR’s Believe it releases in 2020.

Set to hit theatres by November 11, 2022, Black Panther: ‘Wakanda Forever’ is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 ‘Black Panther’ film.

While Riri has had standalone singles here and there, the Rihanna Navy has been in a drought with the Barbadian beauty.

News of the single comes a month after Rihanna announced she’ll be headlining Super Bowl LVII’s Halftime Show at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona on February 12, 2023.

It’s been a big year for the nine-time Grammy award winner.

Story: Ralia Adama