“I am enough. I am Töme”. With these powerful words you acquire more than just the meaning of the artist’s middle name (Tomi), you gain access to the essence of the artist Michelle Oluwatomi Akanbi.
Tome’ has spent the better part of the last year unearthing her sound, which is an exotic blend of French lyrics and sultry vocals on top of an eclectic blend of Afro, reggae, pop, hip-hop and R&B.
The artist says of the pursuit, “I’ve truly found my sound and know what my music should be.” And in doing so, she also unearthed a personal connection. “The perfect mesh of it all is with my middle name, Tomi, which means ‘enough’. My music is enough to me. I am enough.”
Born in Montreal and of Canadian Nigerian heritage, the artist recalls her early musical influences including Rihanna, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. As she progressed in her craft, the need to create something different, more personal, found Töme combining the upbeat, commercial vibe of early influencers with the sound of Jhene Aiko, Saz, Sid The Kid, Sade, and Lauren Hill. It was within this newly woven tapestry where she found her personal sound. With this, the artist says, “I want to change the game musically in the mid-American industry by creating a genre still barely recognizable, AFRO-RnB.
Töme is boldly committed to giving an empowering voice to women through her songs. It’s with this spirit of confidence and pride in her artistry she will debut her single, “L’amour”. The song is an insider’s glimpse into the double-edged sword of relationships. On one side – the crazy all-encompassing love while the opposing side inflicts obsessive deceptive emotions that can derail even the strongest relationships.
On her first tour, Töme joined award-winning mega Afro beats artist, Wizkid on his Canadian tour. She kicked the tour off as the opener in Toronto on March 29th at Rebel Toronto. In May 2019, TÖME took to the stage again, this time opening for Mr. Eazi on his global tour. Fans eagerly await the drop of her debut EP, "TÖMESROOM", slated for released June 14, 2019.
My Latest Music Videos
July 04 - Know the Ledge, Rotterdam, NL
July 06 - Afrofest Toronto
July 07 - Afrofest Toronto
July 26 - Upssalla Reggae Festival Stockholm
July 27 - Rotterdam Unlimited festival
July 28 - North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, NL
Aug 02 - Festival Mondial De Musique Des
Femmes D'ici Et D'ailleurs
Aug 09 - Burnaboy Concert Toronto
Aug 22 - African Fashion Week
Aug 23 - African Fashion Week
Sept 06 - Canada tour with Reekado Banks
Sept 07 - Canada tour with Reekado Banks
Sept 08 - Canada tour with Reekado Banks