Refreshing soul singer-songwriter influenced by afropop, highlife, gospel and throwback R&B.”

Award winning singer-songwriter artist TolumiDE combines sweet, soulful vocals, warm lyrics and groovy, contemporary African rhythms to create a sound of her own, which she aptly calls ‘Suya Soul’. Born in Toronto, raised in Lagos and now in the D.C. – Maryland region, TolumiDE exudes eclectic style and delivers dynamic energy at every performance.  She effortlessly sings in English and Yorùbá, her native language, on her albums and takes audiences away to a tropical oasis with feel good vibes. Accolades include Best R&B Female Artist at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and her latest single ‘Throwback’ peaked at #3 on the Global Top Independent airplay chart. 

TolumiDE spans over two decades of performance experience from singing with an all-female reggae group in Canada to a blooming solo music career in the United States with press praised albums “My love” and “Mama Sunshine”. Her stage name – TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day) is a collaboration of her last name Olumide and her first name Tolulope meaning “Thank you God” in Yoruba language and her influences embrace acts within R&B, Gospel and Classic Soul genres such as Sade, Anita Baker, Brandy, Mary Mary, Winans; and Africa pop stars as, Onyeka Owenu and Angelique Kidjo. Described as “a big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz injecting her African heritage using bilingual lyrics, into a friendlier foundation of melodic pop and R&B balladry, she often cites being most inspired by her upbringing, cultural heritage and the loved ones who support her along the way. 

TolumiDE’s notable DMV performance repertoire venues covers Artscape, World Bank, Cherry Blossom Festival, 202 Creates, H Street festival, Art All Night DC, and Visual Collaborative. She has opened shows for renowned artists such as Les Nubians at Howard Theatre, Such at City Winery, afrobeats pioneers P-Square; and global world music star Salif Keita, singing with Toby Foyeh and Africa Orchestra at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In addition, she has had the opportunity to headline shows at the Legendary Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.

TolumiDE features as a singer-songwriter on Jevi album by Mexican artist Tonga Conga (Virgin Music MX). She also has multiple song collaborations with prolific artists and DJ producers as D-Black da Ghana Bwouy (Black Avenue Muzik), Latunde Silver (LS Entertainment Music), Stacy Kidd (House 4 Life Records) and Thomas Blondet (Rhythm & Culture Music). Media appearances include Voice of America, FOX45, MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace TV (France), BET International (Europe), Channels TV (Nigeria), Soundcity and Afrotainment.

Dedicated to music community enhancement, TolumiDE serves the Recording Academy as a voting Grammy member and an executive member of non-profit Afropolitan Youth Association, hosts of FestAfrica. She’s a true star promising to invigorate the music scene with a fresh ethnic sound that enlightens listeners and brings music flavored with spicy grooves to make you move.

 “Her sweet soulful vocals, warm lyrics and groovy contemporary African rhythms creates a sound of her own which she aptly calls ‘Suya Soul’ – music flavored with spicy grooves to make you move.  fresh afro-soul sound that enlightens listeners and brings sentimental grooves to both old and youthful audiences”. – TolumiDE

 “Catchy classic R&B vibe with African percussive trimmings entitled “Throwback. – SoulTracks



• “International singer-songwriter TolumiDE is back on the music scene with a new single “Your Arms,” from her highly anticipated EP, Mama Sunshine.” – Rolling out 

• “Big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz prove to be an entertaining brew for urban gospel’s newcomer . . . She’s 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 balladry. . .” – Hifimagazine

• “Album combines the vibrancy of African polyrhythm, explosive techno and TolumiDE’s fetching African accent with lyrics that uplift, empower and inspire while remaining grounded in the realities of modern life.” –  The Black Gospel

•  “Gets listeners moving to the groove and fills us with joy. Her saccharine vocals coat the track as she serenades us about the feeling of a healthy love.” – Bluntiq

Management & Bookings: mgmt @tolumidemusic.com

 “a big blend of Afro-pop, neo-soul , gospel and funky reggae … – EPK Press Reviews

Festival Performances

Performances repertoire

Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington, DC
MusikFest – Bethlehem, PA
202 Create Arts and Music Festival – Washington, DC
African American Heritage Festival – Baltimore, MD
Artscape – Baltimore, MD
New World Nigeria Cultural Festival – London, United KingdomMusic & Lyrics – Lagos, Nigeria
FestAfrica – Silver Spring, MD
Toronto Jazz Festival – Toronto, Canada
Vancouver Jazz Festival – Vancouver, Canada
Gullah Festival – Beaufort, SC

7th October, 2023
Taste of Bethesda Food Festival, bring African Music Flavour to Bethesda, MD

17th June, 2023
Freedom Fest, Celebration for Juneteeth, Wheaton, MD
21st April, 2023
Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Bethesda, MD

16th October 2022
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC
1st October 2022
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art – Washington, DC
25th September 2022
Celebrate Africa – Festival – Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD
4th August 2022
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, MD
9th July 2022
Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa UK Tour
Vortex, London, UK
25th June 2022
Summer Mercado Festival – Takoma Langley, MD
March 19th 2022
Open for Such – City WInery – Washington, DC
March 5th 2022
Worcester BrickBox Theater, MA
Feb 12th February 2022
Loyola University, MD

26th September 2021
ANYA by Vivien Fashion Show Bridal Collection, Sterling, VA
25th September 2021
Afropolitan Jollof Cook-off Festival, Karma DC Live Music
Washington, DC
24th September 2021
Art All Night – Festival – Washington, DC
18th September 2021
H Street Festival – Washington City, DC
22nd February 2020
Black History Month Celebration
Annapolis Area Christian School – Severn, MD
22nd February 2019
Headline – Suya Soul Music – Intersections Festival
Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC
15th December 2018
Open for Les Nubians – Howard Theatre – Washington, DC


Howard Theater- Washington, DC (Opening Performer for Les Nubians)
Blues Alley – Washington, DC (Headline Show)
National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution – Washington, DC
Filmore – Silver Spring, MD
Harvard University – Boston, MA
Nigerian Embassy – Washington, DC
Visual Collaborative – Washington.DC


• Voice of America, FOX45, MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace TV (France), BET International (Europe), Channels TV, Soundcity, Nigezie (Nigeria), Music Music, Afrotainment, Amet (Canada), MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace TV (France), BET International (Europe), Channels TV, Soundcity, Nigezie (Nigeria), Afrotainment, Amet (Canada), Fox 45 Morning News Show, Gospel Music Channel (USA), CBN – Turning Point, ONE Gospel, HiponTV, MBOA TV


WEAA 88.1FM (USA), Smooth FM, Inspiration FM, (Lagos), Cool FM (Abuja), G98.7FM, CHRY, CIUT, CLKN, (Toronto).Publication: Genevive Magazine, Bella Naija, NotJustok, The D.C. Examiner, The Afro American, TheBlackGospelBlog.com, EURWeb.com, GospelPundit.com.

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 – Inspirational Vocalist & 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)



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