“This year, there were a lot of moments in dialogue and zoom hang outs where I really appreciated the ‘good ole days’ of not having any major cares or worries of the world,” TolumiDE reflects. “It felt very good to have cool memories that have shaped who I am today.”
Recorded in collaboration with Terry Poindexter from two separate locations, “Throwback” was produced remotely with TolumiDE recording her vocals from home. During the early days of quarantine, her acoustic album, “Mama Sunshine,” resonated with her audience for its nostalgic themes; these included the beauty of brighter days, themes of love, self-assurance and overcoming challenges. Continuing an upbeat, groovy-dance feel with an R&B/Afropop flavor, “Throwback” features lyrics in English and Yoruba, alluding to TolumiDE’s Nigerian heritage.
“I would love listeners to be happy, share their stories like photos and videos of cherished memories and possibly dance along to the song. Together, we can celebrate and give thanks for the simple things.” – TolumiDE
TolumiDE’s music has been 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.” Currently, she is a voting Grammy Member with the Recording Academy and Non-profit Afropolitan Youth who are the hosts of FestAfrica. Her accolades include winning the Best R&B Female Artist at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, opening for Les Nubians at the Howard Theatre, opening for Salif Keita, singing with Toby Foyeh and Africa Orchestra at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In addition, she has had the opportunity to headline a show at the Legendary Blues Alley in Washington D.C.
In spite of the success she’s experienced in her music career, TolumiDE is most inspired by her upbringing, cultural heritage and the loved ones who have supported her along the way. Through the golden moments reflected in her lyrics through which she wishes to “bring back those days…” she longs for her listeners to experience this feeling.
Celebrating Black History Month, on February 22nd TolumiDE performs LIVE with full band for album launch concert at Intersections Festival hosted by Atlas in Washington, DC. ” I had an amazing time performing at Atlas with the band and sharing the Mama Sunshine T-shirts I designed which are currently available at TolumiDEmusic.com/shop ” – TolumiDE
(August 30, 2019) Toronto-born and Lagos, Nigeria-raised singer TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day) moved back to Canada at the age of 18 and became immersed in all forms of the creative arts while studying Fine Art at York University and singing with an all female reggae band. Shortly after moving to the United States to pursue a career in graphic design, TolumiDE solo performances began to bubble at open mics, festivals and weddings. She quickly garnered a following for her sweet vocal presence and intimate songwriting. She compliments soul music with a fusion of her Nigerian heritage and explores themes of life, love, laughter and inspiration with mainly English lyrics and a touch of African spice in form of rhythm and native Yorùbá language.
TolumiDE featured on WMATA – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit @metroforward Be Vigilant Campaign. You may catch Mama Sunshine music on metro train or bus in the DMV area. Remember Let’s keep each other safe. If you see something such as unattended bag say something. Use iamVigilant hastag and stay vigilant when riding on the Bus and Metro Train in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland DMV regions.
TolumiDE brings warmth to World Kindness Day with “Mama Sunshine”.
Unveiled in TolumiDE “Mama Sunshine” album is a well rounded cultural experience as TolumiDE sings in English and native language Yoruba, and collaborates with major African talents -Toby Foyeh (Nigeria), who co-wrote Mama Sunshine and Ikoyi Ikeja and Jaja Basheghezi (Congo) who worked with TolumiDE to Producer the music. Listeners journey through themes of encouragement, self-assurance, survival, nostalgia and love in an extended acoustic version of Your Arms produced with Grammy nominated James McKinney. Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo), the album’s first single, is continuing to make waves on various playlists and was followed up with a music video for an Afro-soul dance version of the song set in Nassau, Bahamas providing the perfect backdrop to display happy love and the alluring lyrics of the hook “Fun Mi Layo,” which translates to “You give me joy.” TolumiDE says “the songs featured share hopes and realities of living as a women and an African in diaspora”. She shares “Mama Sunshine as an appetizer placed in an intimate setting to get taste buds ready for the main course coming soon in ‘Suya Soul’ music album.
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Some artists craft their musical concoction with research, and study – others play the tune that’s rolling through their heads. Our latest feature however, Mrs. TolumiDE, has gathered her influence by immersing herself in it, traveling the globe to gather the ingredients in her unique Suya Soul sound, a contemporary fusion of Soul, Indie-pop, and African music. Spending her formative years in Lagos, Nigeria, TolumiDE landed in Toronto at York University, where she got her first big break in music as part of the Reggae band, Women Ah Run Tings. After earning several nominations for the Canadian Reggae Music Awards, TolumiDE landed state-side in our backyard of the Baltimore-Washington metro area, and its here that she’s truly made her mark.