TolumiDE is a Nigerian/Canadian singer who now makes her home in Washington, DC. She just released the single “Throwback.” The song is filled with eclectic R&B rhythms oozing “Suya Soul”, her unique take on the genre. Raised in Canada, but born in Lagos, Nigeria, her family moved to Canada, where she completed college at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her first name is Tolulope, and her last name is Olumide. She combines the two to make her stage name, TolumiDE. “Throwback” is a celebratory song that remembers glorious times, and there were many. TolumiDE introduces us to Yoruba, one of three major Nigerian languages throughout the song. Like all words learned while singing, you don’t notice that you”re being educated. Plus, the rhythm is so good, you’re not going to notice anything but how it makes you want to move your feet. “Throwback” is a song you can dance to, sway to, and simply relax to if you’re so inclined. It has a nice tone and engaging intent. You get to select how you want to react to the subtle yet moving rhythm. Most will find themselves moving involuntarily, because they can’t resist and your body will betray you even if you’ve sworn never to dance, snap your fingers, sway, or tap your feet before you know it, your neck will be giving you away. Singer Sidibe just released the single “Breathwork”, and it’s a breath of fresh air. Soncially, the song blends soulful, adult contemporary R&B with such world music sounds as Enya. Sidibe’s deliberate, airy, vocal tones are slightly reminiscent of Janet Jackson in some instances and Sade in others. Yet, even with vocals that feel familiar, Sidible’s vocal sound and style are all distinctly her own. Her vocals shine and match the ethereal feel of the song very well. Her vocals are the icing on the cake. As far as storytelling is concerned, Sidibe croons about the awesome experience of a relationship that flows effortlessly, seamlessly, much like breathing or breathwork. In a similar manner, she drifts in and out of metaphoric symbolism and straight-forward expressions to get her point across. Opting out of the typical two verses, two choruses, and a bridge, traditional song structure, Sidibe is driving her point home by the time she gets to the chorus. Her decision to use familiar poetic meters for emphasis has you happily humming the melody with conviction even without yet learning the words of this refreshing number. Once you’ve heard it, “Breathwork” will surely become a staple on your playlist. Listen to “Breathwork” below.
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