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Nigerian born gospel music songstress, TolumiDE is set to visit Ghana after the Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa in November. She beautiful and soulful title track from her album, ‘My Love’ was nominated in ‘Most Gifted R&B’ category of the Channel O awards. She has also dedicated the month of November for her press promo tour in Africa for the album. She expected to arrive in Accra on the week of November 12.

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. A unique heritage that includes Nigeria and Canada, TolumiDE, her stage name is a combination of her first name Tolulope and her last Olumide, which means “Thank you God” in her native language of Yoruba. She has a music ministry with sprinklings of Urban Pop, Classic Soul, Afro-Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Contemporary Gospel.

As 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 gained new fans and rave reviews for her debut EP, ‘Specialty’ in 2008. The project set the stage for her upcoming release, ‘My Love’, a further extension of the amazingly gifted artist.

Simultaneously while pursuing her music career, she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts Honors Degree in Visual Arts Communication Design. The degree opened doors for her to work at a FOX affiliate and Warner Bros. where she designed motion and still graphics, on-air promotions, marketing and public affairs projects in Baltimore, MD. During her time in Maryland, TolumiDE released ‘Specialty’containing the hit single, ‘Because You Know’. The single was featured on The Green October – Volume 1 mix project and he music video garnered airplay on MTV Base Africa, Channel O, Nigezie TV and a umber of online media outlets.

With dynamic and audience grabbing performances, TolumiDE has performed at gigs such as Blues Alley, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, FestAfrica, the Canadian Reggae Music Awards and other prestigious events. In addition to being a sought-after vocalist, TolumiDE sings with the Hallelujazz Project, and Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, and renders the Nigerian, Canadian or American National Anthems when requested.

TolumiDE is thrilled about her first full length release, ‘My Love’. Songs like the incredibly moving “More Than You’ll Ever Know” and the funky grooves of “What I’d Like To Be” easily demonstrate how talented this young woman is. The title tune, “My Love” is an exciting, breathtaking fusion of African rhythms, electronica and urban pop.  She’s excited about the project and feels that her fans will love it as well.

“It’s Gospel Soul and Afro-pop CD with a unique blend of sincere lyrics and invigorating music that fuses African and Western elements,” she explains. “I’m working with some really talented producers and musicians. I love to dance, too, so I knew I had to get some danceable party songs on there! It’s definitely a good world music mix with elements of Reggae and Jazz. I’m really excited with what I have to share.”

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