First in her family to pursue a professional career in music, Oluwatosin Phebean Oluwadare (otherwise known as Tosyne or Phebean) claims her discovery of her talent and passion was self-made and stemmed out what she terms her “exploring nature”.
She started first as an alto singer in her teenage years while at the same time playing the recorder. At 18, she decided to move over to the saxophone as she believed it held greater promise of synergy and expression for her (especially with her alto singing background). She got her first lesson on the soprano saxophone in May 2006 under Seun Busuyi. As she developed, she got introduced to the music of renowned saxophonist such as Kenny G, Kunle Ajayi, and the great maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. For her, being a female saxophonist holds a lot of challenges as well as fun and inspiring moments as it still is predominantly a male-dominated field. However, born after three boys, she has no worries fitting in!