Born in Toronto and raised in Lagos, TolumiDE moved to 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 debuted with her EP Specialty, earning accolades to include a Nigerian Entertainment award for Best Female R&B artist, and concert show openings with Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, Salif Keita and P-Square. Now working independently on the sophomore album “Suya Soul” (follow-up to debut full length My Love), TolumiDE hopes to invigorate soul music with a fresh ethnic sound that enlightens listeners about contemporary African culture and brings sentimental grooves to old and youthful audiences.
Dedicated to community enhancement and youth development, TolumiDE serves as a board member of the non-profit group Afropolitan Youth Association and Entertainment Director for FestAfrica, the largest African Festival in Maryland. As a voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), she participates with numerous Washington, D.C. chapter activities.
As accomplished as she is, TolumiDE is still not finished creating and growing. Her new music is poised to make waves this year in the international market, and it will be exciting to watch her continued success!
‘My Love’ Album Available Now! Click HERE to view Music Lyrics and Liner Notes
“While listening to the catchy song filled with themes of growth, resilience and renewal, I felt the song was a perfect way to begin a new chapter for many of the women standing in the room.”
– Araba Sapara-Grant, She Leads Africa
“Big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz… 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. . .”
– J Matthew Cobb, HifiMagazine
“Her style of music is for the global audience and appeals to the open-minded listener who enjoys soulful lyrics”
– Zen Magazine Africa
“After breaking away from the Canadian all-female reggae group, ‘Women Ah Run Tins’, TolumiDE decides to “make her connection with listeners more personal.”
– Abisola Abolarin, Genevieve Magazine
“TolumiDE is most at home when she is referencing her African roots in the likes of “Ekabo” and “Because You Know” but she confidently pulls off some chart-worthy R&B in “What I’d Like To Be” that successfully marries some slick funk with honest spiritual lyrical content.”
– Lins Honeyman, Cross Rhythms
“Her voice is gentle in tone but firm to the chord, making this black female singer a delight to listen to. Uplifting and positive her music is sure to put you in a good mood.”
– All Black Woman
“TolumiDE is an incredibly talented recording artist with an African flair and inspirational musical styling that exudes finesse and an energy rarely seen in gospel music.”
– Andrea Williams, Tehillah Enterprises
“As the title track (My Love) demonstrates, the 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.”
– Bob Marovich, The Black Gospel
TolumiDE Music is available on All Major Media outlets.