An award-winning muliti instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Kunle’s folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Nigerian-born and currently based in Toronto, Kunle brings together his rich vocals, guitar tapping, harmonica and talking drum to take audiences into what he terms 'music with no boundaries'. 

Grounded in traditions of oral history, Kunle’s music often starts from a West African riddle or proverb and then pulls rhythms and sounds from different cultures to tell a story.  In his song “But a Dream”, from the EP Ami N Rele 2015 Kunle puts the childhood nursery rhyme “Row Your Boat” to styles from the Mediterranean and finger-picking techniques. In “Ori Okere Lawo” from Kunle Live In Accra 2017, he narrates a proverb about listening to advice and accompanies the story with an acoustic melody that is based in Yoruba folklore. The effect is a richly melodic and contemporary style of West African tradition and music.  

Having completed a role as the music director, composer and performer for Stratford Festival’s 2022 production of Death and The King’s Horseman by nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka, nominated for the 2022 Ontario Premier Award - Creative Arts and Design, and in studio for his debut full-length self-titled album Kunle, there is no doubt that the last 3 years have been a year of intense creativity and accomplishment

He worked with Juno Award-winning Afro-Canadian artist Tome, including her sold-out headlining show Afrofest Ottawa 2021 and shared the stage with Juno award-winning artist Julian Taylor, Dione Taylor, Terra Lightfoot, and Tom Wilson. He co-produced Barbadian Vincent Jamal’s EP project “Emotional Intelligence, Ghanaian-Canadian artist Paakwesi and co-wrote Emily Falls- a German-based band’s debut EP project.

Kunle has performed at Mariposa Folk Festival Canada, Habari African Festival Canada, Maawanji’iding: Festival Canadiana Owen Sound,  Summer Folk: A Month Of Sundays Aboard MS Chi-Cheemaun, Ossfest Toronto Canada 2017, YYZ Live- Toronto Pearson Canada 2017, Asiko World Festival 2015, Blue Skies Folk Festival 2016, Peterborough Folk Festival Canada 2017, Africa Day Festival Hamburg, Germany 2018 and 2019 and for the first time at the 42nd annual Summerfolk Festival 2018.

Kunle’s song “My Little Fingers” was awarded for best instrumental by Folk Music Ontario in 2015 and has been endorsed by Furch Guitar Czech Republic and Stonebridge Guitar Canada.

. “Join Kunle as he leaves you basking with gentleness and optimism.” ─ Mike Hill, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival

With an assured stage presence, his maturity as an artist allowed his collaborators to shine along with their lead. Afro-Folk Prince.”— Just Music, Accra Unplugged (concert series), Accra, Ghana (2019)