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Mama Sunshine

by Tolumide

African Soul Folk Indie-Pop music with a blend of lyrics in English and Yoruba language showcases diverse instrumentation that embellished sweet vocals and guitar rhythms.
Genre: World: African- West
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mama Sunshine
4:10 $0.99
2. Go with the Flow
4:47 $0.99
3. Survivor
3:40 $0.99
4. Ikoyi Ikeja
3:50 $0.99
5. Your Arms Funmilayo (Acoustic)
7:57 $0.99
6. Mama Sunshine (Outro)
0:31 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Nigerian Soul Singer-Songwriter TolumiDE has released her highly anticipated Mama Sunshine EP and the official “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” music video. For the EP album, she partnered with very talented African artists to include Jaja Basheghezi (Congo) and Toby Foyeh (Nigeria), who co-wrote the title track Mama Sunshine and Ikoyi Ikeja”. The listeners’ journey starts with “Mama Sunshine,” a song about the great significance of sunshine in our lives.

The album then moves through more songs filled with themes of encouragement, assurance, overcoming challenges, and love, in an extended acoustic version of Your Arms Funmilayo produced by James McKinney. The album shows TolumiDE unveiling a well rounded cultural experience as she sings in English and her native language Yoruba, sharing melodies with a diverse fusion of African rhythm and sounds created with various instruments including phenomenal guitar performance by Jaja Bashenghezi. TolumiDE shares she wanted have a more intimate re-introduction of herself sharing hopes, realities and nostalgic moments of living as a women and an African diaspora in North America. Mama Sunshine is a pre-token of her upcoming full length album - Suya Soul euroute for 2019 release.

Also released is a tropical music video for her Afro-soul hit “Your Arms (Fun Mi Layo)” with Nassau, Bahamas setting that provides the perfect, colorful backdrop for the journey of love that the two main characters in the video embark on. 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. TolumiDE herself also makes a few appearances throughout the video finding joy on her own, dancing and exploring the beautiful island. The visuals go hand in hand with the the song’s lyrics “Fun Mi Layo,” which can be translated to “You give me joy.”

TolumiDE (pronounced Toe-lu-mee-day), real name Tolu Olumide, was born in Toronto, Canada, to Nigerian parents studying at the University of Toronto. They moved to Sacramento, CA to complete graduate studies before migrating back to Nigeria with Tolu, where she would spend the remainder of her formative years.

Growing up, TolumiDE was always involved in music and dance from the time she was in primary school. She eventually journeyed back to Toronto to enroll in York University’s Fine Arts program. Here, she would get her first big break when she joined the all-female Reggae group called Women Ah Run Tings. The girls were nominated for several Canadian Reggae Music Awards and had videos debut on the number one Canadian music channel, Much Music.

While balancing her schooling and her budding music career, TolumiDE then also had to face the death of her mother, who passed away in Baltimore after a long battle with cancer. TolumiDE eventually completed her degree and sought employment in Baltimore to be close to her family. While working as a graphic artist at FOX45, TolumiDE began exploring local non-profit organizations and volunteering her time.

Although now focusing on her philanthropic endeavors, TolumiDE never strayed far from her own musical dreams. She frequented Baltimore and Washington, DC open mics and made waves for herself with her breakout single “Because You Know.” The single would earn her the award for Best Female R&B Artist at the 2006 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In 2007, TolumiDE released her debut EP Specialty, which featured the single. She soon followed up in 2010 with her full-length album, My Love. Met with praise, the music video for title track “My Love” was nominated for Channel O’s Most Gifted R&B award.

Dedicated to community enhancement and youth development, TolumiDE serves as a board member of the non-profit group Afropolitan Youth Association and Entertainment Director for FestAfrica, the largest African Festival in Maryland. As a voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), she participates with numerous Washington, D.C. chapter activities.

As accomplished as she is, TolumiDE is still not finished creating and growing. Her new music is poised to make waves this year in the international market, and it will be exciting to watch her continued success!

Mama Sunshine EP

1. Mama Sunshine
2. Fun Mi Layo
3. Go with the Flow
4. Survivor
5. Ikoyi Ikeja
6. Mama Sunshine (Outro)



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