Awards and Recognition
International Women Achievers Awards – Entertainment Award Recipient (2013)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominee – Best International Artist (2013)
KORA Awards Nominee – Best Female Artist Diaspora – USA (2012)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominee – Best U.S. Based Artist (2012)
MOAMA – Africa Music Video Awards Nominee – Best Diaspora Song (2011)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominee – Best Female U.S. Based Artist (2011)
WAMA (Washington Area Musicians) Nominee – Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist and Recording (2011)
Channel O Music Video Award Nominee – Most Gifted RnB (2010)
Covenant Awards (Canada) Nominee – Urban/RnB/Soul Album of the Year (2010)
ArtScape SOUND-OFF Competition Winner – Charm City Stage Headliner (2010)
African Heritage Award Winner – Outstanding African Artist (2009)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Winner – Best Female R&B Artist (2006)
Canadian Reggae Award (Four-time Nominee) – member of Women Ah Run Tings
MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace TV (France), BET International, Soundcity, Nigezie (Nigeria), Amet (Canada), GMC (USA), CBN (Turning Point), ONE Gospel, HiponTV, MBOA TV, The Afro American, The D.C. Examiner, Heed Magazine, EURWeb.com, GospelPundit.com, PrayzeHymnOnline.com, TheBlackGospelBlog.com
Vancouver Jazz Festival – Vancouver, Canada
Toronto Jazz Festival – Toronto, Canada
Nigeria Entertainment Awards – New York City, NY
ArtScape – Baltimore, MD
FestAfrica, Patterson Park – Baltimore, MD
International Festival – Baltimore, MD
New Year’s Eve Street Festival – Wilmington, DE
Blues Alley – Washington, DC
Nigerian Embassy – Washington, DC
Howard University – Baltimore, MD
Morgan State University – Baltimore, MD
Towson University – Baltimore, MD
Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City, OK
Canadian Reggae Music Awards – Toronto, Canada
10A Garden Theatre – Lagos, Nigeria
Busboys and Poets – Washington, DC
Early music beginnings started for the female vocalist 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. TolumiDE lost her mother to Cancer during her final year of studies and 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.
The York University graduate, Best Female R&B recipient for Nigeria Entertainment Awards and former Soul singer for four time Canadian Reggae Music Award nominated group ‘Women Ah Run Tings’ got her big break as a solo artist after releasing her album and the 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.
Not resting on accolades of her releases Specialty (2008) and My Love (2010), in Valentines 2012, BET International 106 & Park exclusively premiered ‘For Me’ music video, the lead single from forthcoming deluxe 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. With a performance repertoire alongside international acts Burning Spear, Salif Keïta, D-banj, Beenie Man; and feature appearances during 2012 Olympics London at Theatre Royal, The vibrant Artist and Contempo Fashionista is determined to stay true to her media label as a bright star from the motherland.
TolumiDE’s latest Single & Music Video release ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’ features 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. The blend of English, Ghanaian (Twi) and Nigerian (Yoruba) languages and D-Black’s hit rap verse gives the listener an emotional connection with the power of love and cross-cultural fusion. The official lyric video for the original mix features Choreography & Dance by Scott Rink & Zenas Tobi Okanlawon.
Currently based in Washington-DC, USA, TolumiDE performs at local and international events as a solo act with her band and on occasion with Tosin Aribisala & Afrikan Rhapsody (TosinBeats.com) and Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa. She serves the DMV community as an Entertainment Director for FestAfrica – The largest African Festival hosted in Maryland (FestAfricaUSA.com) and a Art Director for her Graphic Design & Marketing company (tolumide.com)
Born as Tolulope Morohuntayo Olumide, in Toronto, Canada, to Nigerian parents studying at the University of Toronto. They moved to Sacramento, CA to complete Graduate studies before migrating back to Nigeria with Tolulope also known as Tolu at the age of four. TolumiDE, the first of five kids, is a name in her Yoruba native language which means ‘Praise God, it is a merger of her first and last name.
Growing up in Nigeria, TolumiDE was born for music. She was a member of a number of choirs and cultural dance groups at her Primary School University of Lagos Staff School and Secondary School, Atlantic Hall. Deciding to pursue Graphic Arts instead of the occupation of her father, an architect and engineer, she journeyed to Toronto and enrolled in York University’s Fine Art Program. “My faculty was filled with art, music, dance, film, television and multimedia specialties, all of which I had always wanted to explore,” shares the songstress. Immersed in the arts fully, she became part of an all-female Reggae band called “Women Ah Run Tings”. The group, producing a collage of music with Dancehall, Roots , R&B, Rock and Hip-Hop influences, caught the attention of many and ultimately became four-time Canadian Reggae Award Nominees. Not only did the group open up for artists like Burning Spear and Beenie Man, but their videos debut on Much Music, Canada’s #1 Music Video Channel. The band gave Tolu know as “Tini” in the band the opportunity to hone her songwriting and singing skills, as she soon became the ensemble’s lead vocalist.
Simultaneously while pursuing her music career, she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts Honors Degree in Visual Arts Communication Design from York University in Toronto, Canada. While in school her mother passed away after several cancer treatments in Baltimore, Maryland. TolumiDE continued her studies and upon graduation, left Toronto for Baltimore to be closer to her family and develop her career within the design industry. She secured a position as a Graphic Artist for Baltimore’s FOX and Warner Bros affiliate Television Station and began to design motion, still graphics, on-air promotions, marketing and public affairs projects. Shortly after being settled in her design career, TolumiDE joined the non-profit group Nigerian Youth Association of Maryland (NYA) and became part of the team to establish FestAfricaUSA, formerly know as Naija Fest – an African Festival that celebrates and showcases African culture. The artist never strayed too far from creative arts activities, she began to attend open mics and singing engagements within Maryland and Washington, DC to fuel her first love for music. She received an invite from Harrison Nwozo C.E.O of Tribe X Entertainment to feature on the Green October Project: Volume I. and with the introduction of Big Lu – a DC based producer, TolumiDE released ‘Because you know’ as the feature track for the project. The single gained much recognition with the African Entertainment industry and earned her the award for Best Female R&B Artist at the 2006 Nigeria Entertainment Award. In 2007, TolumiDE released an EP titled ‘Specialty’ with 6 tracks including the hit single ‘Because You Know’.
By Fall 2009 – Spring 2010, TolumiDE was in the studio working on a debut album project with Producers and Musicians – Blaise Tangelo, Tery Poindexter, John Bashengezi, Ngouma Lokito, Erik Dennis, Mark Baker, Alan Gaffere, The Ogunfiditimi Brothers. The full length, Project, My Love, was released May 2010, an Urban RnB/Soul project with element of World (Afro-Pop), Gospel, Jazz and Reggae. Throughout the twelve tracks, all penned by the artist herself, TolumiDE bares her musical soul and takes the listener on an emotive and telling journey of her life and her love. Bob Marovich of The Black Gospel review writes – My Love blends songs from TolumiDE’s first EP, Specialty, with brand new tracks, and the sum total is sweet, jazzy, soulful, powerful and an effective combination of world beats with inspirational lyrics and practical lessons. So turn up the volume, wave your cell phone in the air, and enjoy TolumiDE. Lagbara!
The accompanying video, for the title track ‘My Love’ directed by Tayo Abereoje from Black Royal Pictures received rotation on MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace TV (Europe), Gospel Music Channel (USA), MBOA TV, Nigezie and ONE Gospel TV and many online outlets. The video earned numerous award recognitions including Channel O Music Video Awards (South Africa) Most Gifted RnB nomination, ArtScape SOUND-OFF Competition Winner, MOAMA – Africa Music Video Awards Nomination for Best Diaspora Song and WAMA (Washington Area Musicians) Nominee for Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist & Recording. The Album packaged as an enhanced CD with bonus screen Savers, Karaoke – Instrumentals also received a nomination at the Covenant Awards nomination from the Gospel Music Association Canada in the Urban/R&B/Soul Album of the year.
TolumiDE, currently resides in Washington, DC – USA and performs as a solo act with her band of musicians at solo act with her band of musicians at a number local and international events hosted by Non-profits, Educational Institutes, Government Agencies and Embassies, Festivals, Conferences, Church, Jazz Lounges and Private events. On occasion, she sings with Tosin Aribisala & Afrikan Rhapsody (TosinBeats.com) and Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa (TobyFoyeh.com). She serves the DMV community as an Entertainment Director for FestAfrica – The largest African Festival hosted in Maryland (FestAfricaUSA.com) and a Art Director for her Graphic Design & Marketing company (tolumide.com)