By: Musumba


Tulia translates to “Be still” in Swahili; exploring the shifts in how we have been structured to view ourselves. 

The short story was written, produced and performed by an exciting and much acclaimed voice in the underground music scene, Musumba, who presents a simply beauitful story piece that shadows the theme of being “still” throughout the chaos and celebrating our joys within and around us as black people.

Tulia features two very important figures in Musumba’s life, her mother and dear friend Ethan Asante. 

In this episode, creative producer Rennae Walker and featured artist, Musumba, explore the concept of black joy through a more spiritual and introspective lense. They explore the importance of looking back as a gateway to move forward and reap the fruits of healing and joy in Jesu

As part of our bitesize episode segment we invite students of Loughborough University to share a short story.

The Chronicles of Black Joy podcast is supported and distributed by LU Arts (Loughborough University’s art centre) in celebration of Black History Month.

Full interview available on Spotify and all podcast platforms.


Musumba is the new name weaving itself through the music scene, both locally and internationally. Her poetic stories of life, faith and purpose, intertwined with soulful runs and punchy rap styles, effortlessly immerse her listeners in a kaleidoscope of her own ambient production.

At just 18 years of age, the Bradford raised, Congolese songwriter has proven her place as a true artist; having been playlisted on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6, appearing at London’s BBC introducing live and opening Manchester’s ‘See My World’ Festival, showcased alongside the likes of WSTRN, Misha B, Juls and Dreya Mac.

As well as exhibiting her talents on multiple stages through a number of exceptional live performances in 2021, Musumba also released her debut EP ‘2:40’ at the start of the year.

She later followed it up in October with her captivating ‘Distant Demos’ project, boasting three unfinished yet powerful songs, collating over 20,000 streams across a variety of digital streaming platforms.

After stirring up the game a little, Musumba is just getting started. With her debut headline show rounding off an eventful year, she set the bar with an intimate, memorable performance, ready to take on new heights in 2022.