Nigerian Canadian Singer-Songwriter Artist TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day), describes her music as “Suya Soul” and her debut album, ‘My Love’ reflects the phrase as a sonic cross-cultural blend of World Afro-pop Inspiration and Neo-Soul with mainly English lyrics and a touch of African Spice in the form of native language and rhythm. Influenced by acts within R&B, Gospel and Classic Soul genres such as Sade, Stevie Wonder, and Africa Pop stars as, Onyeka Owenu and Christy Essien Igokwe, TolumiDE whose name translates as “Thank God” in Yorùbá, has evolved as a Female Vocalist with audience grabbing performances, rave reviews and multiple awards.
“Big blend of Afro-pop, Funky Reggae, Neo-soul and Jazz… able to take the musical DNA of Taio Cruz and the ease of Oleta Adams, while injecting more of her heritage using bilingual lyrics, into a friendlier foundation of melodic pop and R&B ballad”. – HifiMagazine
Early music beginnings started for the female vocalist TolumiDE growing up in Lagos and singing with church choirs and school cultural groups. Shortly after a move to Toronto, to pursue undergraduate studies, she joined Women Ah Run Tings all-female band and gained immeasurable performance experience and recognition with the group. After losing her mother to Cancer during her final year of studies TolumiDE gathered up strength to complete her education with Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Moving to Baltimore shortly after to be closer to her dad, younger siblings and work as a Graphic Artist for the city’s FOX – CW affiliate Television Station did not deter her from singing but fueled her passion to simultaneously pursue music as a second career.
TolumiDE got her big break as a solo artist after releasing her debut full length album and accompanying Music Video, for the title track ‘My Love’ directed by Tayo Abereoje from Black Royal Pictures which received rotation numerous Urban television media Africa and Europe and earned numerous award recognitions including Channel O Music Video Awards (South Africa) Most Gifted RnB nomination.
With national success of her releases; Specialty and My Love, for Valentines 2012, BET International 106 & Park exclusively premiered ‘For me’ music video, the lead single from forthcoming release. By spring, the nationally distributed single ‘For Me’ peaked at #42 on Music Choice (R&B/Soul) charts, #32 at Top Indie Charts and #85 at National airplay top 100 Digital Radio Tracker Charts. TolumiDE’s follow up single & music video release “More Than You’ll Ever Know” – featured award winning Ghanaian Hip Hop artist, D-Black – Da Ghana Bwouy, BET’s Best International Act: Africa Award Nominee 2011. A sultry love song declaring true love ‘Me Do Wo’, in the midst of common challenges couples face every day.
TolumiDE’s Performance repertoire continues to soar locally and internationally as a solo act with her band of musicians at a number events hosted by Non-profits, Educational Institutes, Government Agencies and Embassies, Festivals, Conferences, Church, Jazz Lounges and Private events.
Dedicated to community enhancement and youth development, TolumiDE serves as a board member of the non-profit group Afropolitan Youth Association (AfropolitanYouth.org) and an Entertainment Director for FestAfrica (FestAFricaUSA.com) – The largest African Festival in Maryland tasked with creating a diverse multi-cultural experience and a place of new discovery, fun memories and great contribution to the quality of life. As a voting member of the Grammys Recording Academy, she participates with numerous Washington DC chapter activities.
Currently in production for her second studio album, TolumiDE continues to share her message of Love & Culture while expanding on the fusion of Urban Contemporary Soul and African music genres for old and new audiences.
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