New Album: Mama Sunshine!

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.

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INTERVIEWED BY RJ Frometa, Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer on VENTS

Hi Tolu, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I am awesome, thank you for having me! I’m excited about the new song “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” and am happy it’s generating some good reviews!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)”?

It’s a Soul song with an African groove. I wrote it to express the feeling of being loved and being in love. I chose to sing part of the hook in Yoruba – my Nigerian native language. It sounded sweeter to sing “Fun Mi Layo,” which means “You give me joy” in Yoruba.

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New Music: Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)

TolumiDE’s smooth vocals quietly open up the infectious love song. Backed by a bubbly, Afro-infused pop beat, she sings about the awakening feeling of finding love and accepting its pleasures and securities. There’s this sense of easy love that makes it impossible not to smile and dance along. “Your Arms” is the first glimpse of what we can expect from TolumiDE’s upcoming album Suya Soul.

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 The  tropical new music video for TolumiDE Afro-soul hit “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo).” Nassau, Bahamas provides the perfect, colorful backdrop for the journey of love that the two main characters in the video embark on. The video follows this newly loved up couple as they dance their way around the island and share in happiness, ultimately culminating in a proposal. TolumiDE herself also makes a few appearances throughout the video finding joy on her own, dancing and exploring the beautiful island. The visuals go hand in hand with the the song’s lyrics “Fun Mi Layo,” which can be translated to “You give me joy.”

TolumiDE Rejoices in New Love with “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)”

“Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” is a love song that 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. More often than not, we tend to be blinded by the potential of our partner. The danger in this is we mistake our idea of our love for the person with true love. Nevertheless, this proves to be false for TolumiDE. “In your arms, I’m flying like a bird / In your arms, I’m safe and secure” and honestly, what more can you ask for when it comes to love? The production attests to the easiness of real love, in the sense of it flowing freely and without inhibition.

“When I wrote “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” I was feeling so happy and grateful to be a relationship where I felt genuine love. Fun Mi Layo means “you give me joy” in Yorúbá and that’s the exact sentiment I wanted to share with this single. It’s the idea of fairytale love becoming an unbelievable reality.” – TolumiDE

Dedicate this song to your partner or let it play at your cookout this summer while the sun sets. TolumiDE provides us with an outlet for love, safety and positivity. She supplies us with a new summer chune perfect for initiating a sway in our hips and butterflies in our stomachs. Stay updated with TolumiDE on Twitter (@tolumide) and listen to “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” below.

Article by Ashley Raymond from Bluntiq