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TolumiDE / Press

“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.”

“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.”

“The song carries some sweet groove which complements the guitar melodies. TolumiDE croons her way to our heart with warm lyrics that softens any (hard) stance we may have about love.”

“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.”

“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.”

“International singer-songwriter TolumiDE is back on the music scene with a new single “Your Arms,” from her highly anticipated EP, Mama Sunshine.”

““Her style of music is for the global audience and appeals to the open-minded listener who enjoys soulful lyrics””

“After breaking away from the Canadian all-female reggae group, ‘Women Ah Run Tins’, TolumiDE decides to “make her connection with listeners more personal.”

“Big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz prove to be an entertaining brew for urban gospel’s newcomer . . . 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. . .”

“R&B singer Tolumide (To-lu-mee-day) duets with Ghanaian rapper D-Black on a remix of a single off Tolumide’s ‘My love‘ album- ‘More than you’ll ever know‘.. The video was directed by Antar Hanif”

“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.”

“I felt it was the right timing for this collaboration to happen. The message of the song is also true-Relationships don’t always go right and no one is perfect, however love is the key to having a successful relationship. That’s the story we told through this song and I loved every bit of making this song and the video… – D-Black”

“a sultry love song declaring true love with the phrase “Me Do Wu” shows the challenges couples face every day. To display an appreciation for the diversity of Africa, the song is infused with Ghanian (Twi) and Nigerian (Yoruba) language.”

“More than you'll ever know (Official Lyric Video) by Tolu Mide and feature in New World Nigeria Cultural Exchange production at Stratford East Theatre, Olympics 2012 - London, UK”

“TolumiDE 'For Me' currently playing on Music Choice Urban AC (R&B/Soul) Radio and Peaked on the BDS Nielsen charts at #42. On the National airplay top 100 Digital Radio Tracker Charts, peak at #85 with 875+ spins and on the Top Indie Charts peakes at #32.”

“After a very competitive and public voting response to the 30 submissions hosted on the popular music and entertainment site – notjustok.com; DJ Bally emerges the winner with 30% of votes, with Screechpawa coming in on a close second with 29% of the votes”

“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.”

“TolumiDE is also excited to announce the launch of her brand new website and new image. Styled by Project Runways Season 3 contestant Johnathan Kayne,”

“TolumiDE 'For me' single release”

“Definitely grown folk music on this tune; it has that Kem aura about it.”

“TolumiDE Releases New Single Titled ‘FOR ME’, A New Website & A Brand New Image”

“Soulful Afro-Pop Singer/Songwriter TolumiDE has dropped another cool single from her musical stables.”

“TolumiDE emerges with ‘For Me’, an easy listening soulful single that tells a ‘girl meets boy’ story, a dreamy expectation of a girl and her musings with lyrics that reflect the anticipation of finding that right partner with divine help”

“Her music bears the mark of lighthearted cheeriness that makes for easy listening. Her song Specialty, offers an alternative way to view talent and she plays on this theme in the song.”

“TolumiDE, Popular Gospel Artist, Drops New Single, “Specialty”, From Lauded Project, My Love”

“TolumiDE's is a rising African talent, and well respected in the Canadian music industry for her many years as a member of Canada's successful all female music group 'Woman Ah Run Tings'”

“TolumiDE Making Moves ... been singing and entertaining since primary school and decided to pursue music as a 2nd career before she graduated from university with a BFA/Graphic Design degree”

"My Love' has an Urban soul groove, catchy melody and self-enlightening theme with inspirational lyrics, easily radio ready for Urban AC, RnB & Gospel programming

“The song also hit #34 on the Media Guide Top 100 Gospel Chart.”

“...the multi-cultural songstress is releasing a brand new single from My Love album called “Specialty”.”

“My Love, introduced her to countless fans who have liked her clever mix of R&B sounds, Afro-Pop, Gospel and inspirational lyrics.”

“The song also hit #34 on the Media Guide Top 100 Gospel Chart. She was recently nominated for two 2011 Washington Area Music Association Awards for Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist and Gospel/Inspirational Recording as well as for Best Music Video from Channel O.”

“GET FAMILIAR: TOLUMIDE – MY LOVE(DJ TEFFLER JUNGLE MIX)”

“Her music is uniquely branded as inspiring & enlightening RnB/Soul/Gospel with elements of Afro-pop world and Reggae which catches the attention of urban youth and adult audiences.”

“Speciality - new single off Tolumide’s ‘My Love‘ album which was released last year. Off that album which was also her debut, she got nominated for Channel O award in the most gifted R&B category.”

“TolumiDE beats a path that is less traveled. She focuses on inspirational music. This is at a time when mainstream music as we know it, is gradually losing its soul. I mean, yes, there is a need to dance and ‘groove’ every other day. But when the balance of music is skewed that way, it poses a problem.”

“A veteran artist, TolumiDE songs have been featured on MTV Base, Channel O and several radio stations; her music fuses urban, contemporary gospel, reggae, funk, soul, and R&B and of course, African rhythms.”

“True, the lyrics are about Him, praising him, thanking him, etc., as they no doubt have to be, but the sound and vibe of most urban gospel is no different from contemporary R&B or pop ...She's been picking up nominations all over the place for her album My Love, and getting lots of airplay - especially for this lead single - on Pan-African stations (MTV Base, Channel O)”

“TolumiDE is not a new artist to the scene. With her amazing voice and multiple awards and nominations under her belt, this talented lady is here to stay”

“Urban Contemporary Gospel Artist, TolumiDE, Receives Two Washington Area Music Association Nominations”

“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.”

“Big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz prove to be an entertaining brew for urban gospel’s newcomer.”

“TolumiDE (toe-LU-me-day) is a fresh new face to the gospel music industry. With her Nigerian music inspired beats, her musical style is in a class of its own. After listening to TolumiDE’s LP My Love, it is understood that she has done an incredible job of embracing all genres of music in her project. One thing for certain, this DMV resident is fixated on being a spokesperson for Christ.”

“The Nigerian and Canadian singer has been receiving rave reviews for the CD and it’s title cut, “My Love”. Distributed nationally and already charting on BDS with rotation on 150 stations nationwide, the urban-tinged song highlights the relationship between the singer and her Lord.”

“Her first U.S. release, “My Love,” is full of Praise and Worship from an Urban edge perspective. TolumiDE’s voice, to me, is reminiscent of a mixture between Diana Ross and Brandy’s voices.“It’s an Inspirational mixture of Jazz, African and World Music,” said TolumiDE Olumide about her sound. “”

“TolumiDE’s first full-length, My Love, continues her tradition of combining the cultural sounds of her past with the modern sounds of the present in a way that’s equally at home on the pop charts as it is in the gospel world. With a smooth and warm voice, she heeds Psalm 33:3 -- “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully and and shout for joy.””

“As the title track (and current single) 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.”

“Growing up across the globe did not deter TolumiDE’s aspirations of becoming a singer. In fact, her various dwellings strongly shaped her musical prowess. With gospel music at heart, TolumiDE hopes to convey a message that is totally her own.”

“Nigerian-born singer TolumiDE first broke into music as part of the dancehall group Women Ah Run Things. Now, though, she's decided to take a major solo step into gospel territory, with the upcoming release of her feature length debut album 'My Love.”

“TolumiDE is a new artist with a Nigerian and Canadian background. She infuses gospel, reggae, funk, soul and African sounds and rhythms into music that works well. I’m really digging the vibe.”

“Wow, she went in on this one; the instrumental immediately gets you moving, but her voice and delivery make you FEEL the song”