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PRESS: TolumiDE feature on Vents Magazine

INTERVIEWED BY RJ Frometa, Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer on VENTS http://ventsmagazine.com/2018/07/13/interview-tolumide/

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.

Download or Listen here smarturl.it/YourArms

 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

TolumiDE featured on Africa54 TV show

VOA Africa54 TV show host Esther Githui-Ewart talks to Tolu. Known as “TolumiDE” in the music world is a Nigerian Canadian singer-songwriter artist who describes her music as “Suya Soul” a phrase she coined herself to describe the fusion of Contemporary R&B with African Pop music.

New Music: Your Arms (Acoustic)

Listen to the acoutic expressive and touching description of what it means to be loved. A feeling that is relatable across all walks of life. TolumiDE added about the project: “I hope the song “Your Arms” makes you reflect on the warm and fuzzing feeling you get when you’re embraced in the arms of a loved one. Available on BandcampSoundCloud and Spotify.It is the first single from her highly anticipated Mama Sunshine EP acoustic album.

PRESS: TolumiDE featured on Rollingout.con

International artist TolumiDE discusses passion for music, new single By Treasure Smith | October 27, 2017 | https://rollingout.com/2017/10/27/international-artist-tolumide-discusses-passion-music-new-single/

International singer-songwriter TolumiDE is back on the music scene with a new single “Your Arms,” from her highly anticipated EP, Mama Sunshine. TolumiDE shared her music as well as a piece of her heart during a recent interview with rolling out.

Where are you originally from? Where do you reside now?

I’m a Nigerian-Canadian currently residing in Washington, D.C. I was born in Toronto, then my Nigerian parents took me back home to Lagos for my primary and secondary school. I came back to Toronto to study Fine Arts at York University and moved to the States after graduation when I was offered a full-time job as a graphic designer for WBFF, a Fox-affiliated television station in Baltimore.

The inspiration for me deciding to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter came from my passion for music. I sang, danced and performed a lot as a kid in my high school and at church and then while I was at York University in Canada, I sang and toured with an all-female reggae band; an opportunity that literally just fell into my lap from a friend at my job suggesting I audition for my boss’s sister who had a band. After my undergrad studies and a few years of working full-time as a graphic designer, I naturally came back to the music and developed my songwriting skills so I could sing songs of that I could relate to.

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