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From: DC, United States

Genre:
R&B, Soul / Afro-Pop, Inspiration

"Big blend of Afro-pop, Funky Reggae, Neo-soul Gospel and Jazz... 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 ballad” (HifiMagazine).


Born in Toronto, raised in Lagos and currently based in Washington D.C., USA, TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day) is an award winning Nigerian Canadian Singer-Songwriter. A York University graduate, former Soul singer for four time Canadian Reggae Music Award nominated group ‘Women Ah Run Tings' and Best Female R&B recipient for Nigeria Entertainment Awards features music with mainly English lyrics, with the occasional interjection of African Languages and rhythm showcasing deep inflections of her life, experiences and heritage. Influenced by African legacies such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Angelique Kidjo, Onyeka Owenu and Christy Essien Igbokwe as well as R&B artists such as Anita Baker, Sade, Winans, Lauryn Hill, she offers a range of dynamic and audience grabbing performances and has gained new fans and rave reviews for her sonic cross-cultural blend of Neo Soul and World music in her debut album, ‘My Love’ currently available on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and tolumidemusic.com



Not resting on accolades of her previous releases Specialty (2008) and My Love (2010), in Valentines 2012, BET International 106 & Park exclusively premiered 'For me' music video, the lead single from forthcoming release. By spring, the nationally distributed single ‘For Me' peaked at #42 on Music Choice (R&B/Soul) charts, #32 at Top Indie

Charts and #85 at National airplay top 100 Digital Radio Tracker Charts. With a performance repertoire alongside international acts Burning Spear, Salief Keita, D-banj, Beenie Man; and feature appearances during 2012 Olympics London at Theatre Royal.


TolumiDE’s latest Single & Music Video release “More Than You'll Ever Know” – features award winning Ghanaian Hip Hop artist, D-Black - Da Ghana Bwouy, BET's Best International Act: Africa Award Nominee 2011. A sultry love song declaring true love ‘Me Do Wo’, in the midst of common challenges couples face every day. The blend of English, Ghanaian (Twi) and Nigerian (Yoruba) languages and D-Black’s hit rap verse gives the listener an emotional connection with the power of love and cross-cultural fusion. The official lyric video releases in July featured Choreography & Dance by Scott Rink & Zenas Tobi Okanlawon.




Awards and Recognition


Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominee

for Best U.S. based Artist (2012)


MOAMA - Africa Music Video Awards Nominee

for Best Diaspora Song (2011)


WAMA (Washington Area Musicians) Nominee

for Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist & Recording (2011)


Channel O Music Video Award Nominee

for Most Gifted RnB (2010)


Covenant Awards (GMA Canada)

for Urban/R&B/Soul Album of the Year (2010)


ArtScape SOUND-OFF Competition Winner

for Charm City Statge Headliner (2010)


African Heritage Award Winner

for Outstanding African Artist (2009)


Nigeria Entertainment Awards

for Best Female R&B Artist (2006)


Canadian Reggae Award (Four-time Nominee)

as member of Women Ah Run Tings