Award-winning Artist Tolumide drops 'Throwback'
With so many challenges wrapped up in 2020, one can bring light into the present moment simply by remembering. In Afro-pop/soul singer/songwriter TolumiDE’s upcoming single, she embraces the ‘good ole days’ with gratitude, cherishing memories to help lighten up the moment. After connecting online with mates from her secondary school days in Nigeria, she was inspired by a time with fewer cares, when she remembers “dancing in the sun.” Throwback celebrates “Ayo”, which as a name, translates to happiness, joy and wealth, with a unique emphasis on the richness of moments.
“This year, there were a lot of moments in dialogue and zoom hangouts where I really appreciated the ‘good ole days’ of not having any major cares or worries of the world,” TolumiDE reflects. “It felt very good to have cool memories that have shaped who I am today.”
Recorded in collaboration with Terry Poindexter from two separate locations, “Throwback” was produced remotely with TolumiDE recording her vocals from home. During the early days of quarantine, her acoustic album, “Mama Sunshine,” resonated with her audience for its nostalgic themes; these included the beauty of brighter days, themes of love, self-assurance and overcoming challenges. Continuing an upbeat, groovy-dance feel with an R&B/Afropop flavor, “Throwback” features lyrics in English and Yoruba, alluding to TolumiDE’s Nigerian heritage.
TolumiDE’s music has been described as “a big blend of Afro-pop, funky reggae, neo-soul and jazz injecting her African heritage using bilingual lyrics, into a friendlier foundation of melodic pop and R&B balladry.”
Currently, she is a voting Grammy Member with the Recording Academy and Non-profit Afropolitan Youth who are the hosts of FestAfrica. Her accolades include winning the Best R&B Female Artist at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, opening for Les Nubians at the Howard Theatre, opening for Salif Keita, singing with Toby Foyeh and Africa Orchestra at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In addition, she has had the opportunity to headline a show at the Legendary Blues Alley in Washington D.C.
In spite of the success she’s experienced in her music career, TolumiDE is most inspired by her upbringing, cultural heritage and the loved ones who have supported her along the way. Through the golden moments reflected in her lyrics through which she wishes to “bring back those days…” she longs for her listeners to experience this feeling.
In TolumiDE’s words,
I would love listeners to be happy, share their stories like photos and videos of cherished memories and possibly dance along to the song. Together, we can celebrate and give thanks for the simple things.
Award-winning Artist and globetrotter TolumiDE takes audiences away to a tropical oasis filled with Sweet Soulful vocals, Warm lyrics and groovy contemporary African rhythm. She’s a Nigerian-Canadian soul afro-pop singer-songwriter offering bilingual albums that captivate listeners across the world. Born in Toronto, raised in Lagos and currently in Maryland- USA, TolumiDE exudes great lyric finesse, eclectic style, dynamic performance energy sharing music she describes as “Suya Soul’ with eight-piece band musicians or solo artist with rhythmic dance moves and fun audience. Basking on press praises for ‘My Love’ album, recent release Mama Sunshine,” sheds light unto brighter days when obstacles come our way and explore themes of love, self-assurance, overcoming challenges and nostalgic memories.
Influenced by R&B Soul Gospel, Jazz and Reggae, TolumiDE performance repertoire spans opening for Les Nubians, Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa to headlining at Legendary Blues Alley participating in international fairs as Cherry Blossom Festival, FestAfrica, MusikFest, 202 Creates, Visual Collaborative. Early beginnings of her music career began after TolumiDE moved to back to Canada from Nigeria after complete Secondary School studies at the age of 18. She 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 as a noted compliment to 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.
Dedicated to music community enhancement and youth development, TolumiDE serves the Recording Academy as a voting Grammy Member and is ever ready to grace all occasions with riveting vocals, great personality, vibrant culture and engaging audience interaction. She 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.