Drawing on her multi-cultural upbringing, Tolani blends mellifluous R&B with afrobeat rhythms and her suave, honeyed vocals. We caught up with her to talk Fela Kuti, Sade, and her dreams of playing at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tolani’s latest single ‘Badman’ sees the Lagos born, London based artist present open and honest vulnerability via her shimmering and effervescent afro-pop sound, fully showcasing the silken, seamless flow of her songwriting. Speaking on the track Tolani says “‘Badman’ is a song exploring the habit of getting caught up with the ‘bad boys’ so to speak… being drawn to that high. I feel like there’s this subliminal message that love isn’t love unless it’s turbulent in some way… and so, you get caught up in a cycle of looking for the wrong things in potential lovers.”

Get to know Tolani In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
a. Somber
b. Lyrically rich
c. Melodious

Last photo on my phone…
A photo of Chadwick Boseman

Favourite instagram account…
Indig0

The best venue I’ve played…
O2 indigo.

Earliest song you remember…
Anything from Fela really, that was the soundtrack of my childhood.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I haven’t had a job that I didn’t enjoy, but I’ve had a few bosses I didn’t like.

The thing I most love to cook is…
Cauliflower in all traditional and modern manifestations. Mash, pizza, riced etc.

My Favourite word…
Shandy! I know random but say it, see if it doesn’t make you feel some kind of way.

A book I love…
Series called Earth’s children by Jean Anuel

Things that cheer me up…
Good food, k-drama, a brisk walk, peonies, food that is bad for you, memes, quotes, epiphanies.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Royal Albert Hall, it will be monumental and symbolic for me being Nigerian.

I think you should listen to…
Florence and the Machine. Sooo good

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Sade, that would be epic.