Born in Canada, raised in Nigeria, TolumiDE is an award winning R&B/Soul Afro-Pop World Fusion Inspirational Singer-Songwriter. TolumiDE always had a passion for the arts and music; she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honors) from York University, Toronto, Canada and had previously honed her musical skills as a member of the cultural dance group and choir at her high school - Atlantic Hall Secondary School in Lagos, Nigeria. While in Canada, she was part of a Dancehall/Reggae/RnB/HipHop all female band ‘Women Ah run Tings’, a 4 time Canadian Reggae Award nominee. TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day) is a name in her Yoruba native language which means ‘Thank You God, it is a collaboration of her first name ‘Tolulope’ and her last name ‘Olumide’. TolumiDE showcases deep inflections of her African heritage which is translated through her soulful, gospel and poetic lyrics. TolumiDE offers a range of dynamic and audience grabbing performances and has gained numerous fans from her releases and music videos. The recipient of the coveted Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Female R&B Artist, she’s already been recognized in the motherland as one of the brightest music stars of the day.
TolumiDE's songs are mainly English lyrics, with the occasional interjection of African Languages such as Yoruba, Pidgin English, Igbo and Twi. World Fusion Soul music blending R&B, Afro-Pop Gospel, Reggae & Jazz reminiscent of India Arie, Mary Mary and Angélique Kidjo styling. Influenced in her childhood years by African legacies such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Onyeka Owenu and Christy Essien Igbokwe as well as R&B artists such as Anita Baker, Sade, Brandy, she offers a range of dynamic and audience grabbing performances and has gained new fans and rave reviews for her debut album, ‘My Love’ currently available on itunes, amazon, cdbaby and tolumidemusic.com
The accompanying video, for the title track 'My Love' directed by Tayo Abereoje from Black Royal Pictures has been in rotation on the MTV Base, Channel O (South Africa), Trace (Europe), Gospel Music Channel (USA), MBOA TV, Nigezie and ONE Gospel TV and many online outlets. The video earned her a Channel O Music Video Awards (South Africa) nomination in the Most Gifted RnB category. The Album which includes enhanced CD features with bonus screen Savers, Karaoke - Instrumentals, Music Video & Media, also received a nomination at the Covenant Awards nomination from the Gospel Music Association Canada in the Urban/R&B/Soul Album of the year category.
TolumiDE offers a range of dynamic and audience grabbing performances and has gained numerous fans from her releases and music videos. The album title video ‘My Love’ earned her a ‘Channel O’ Music Video Awards nomination in the Most Gifted R&B category. In recent news, her current single 'For Me' peaked on the Music Choice Urban AC (R&B/Soul) BDS Nielsen charts at #42 and #85 on the National airplay top 100 Digital Radio Tracker Charts for summer 2012. Last FM lists TolumiDE at one of their Top Artists for ‘African Soul’