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Laolu Senbanjo    

Performance & Visual Artist Whose Art Has Been Featured In Beyonce's "Lemonade"

Laolu Senbanjo is a Brooklyn based Nigerian born Performance and Visual Artist, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Human Rights Lawyer, and Activist.

Through his artwork, Senbajo considers himself a 'keeper of the Yoruba culture.' His style of art is called "Afromysterics", and features incredibly detailed patterns and graphics in charcoal. As well, his Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba body paint ritual (which he created) was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy Award-winning Visual Album, “Lemonade,” and South African DJ Black Coffee’s music video “Come with me.” His work has been displayed at Art Basel Miami, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Prior to becoming a full-time Artist, Senbanjo worked as a Human Rights Attorney with the Nigerian Human Rights Commission.

He is also a world music artist that draws his influences from Fela Kuti, Sade, Bob Marley, and King Sunny Ade. He blends singing in his native Yoruba and often translating Yoruba folks songs, proverbs, and his oriki to English. He has opened for Tony Allen (the creator of Afrobeat), and his band Laolu and the Afromysterics, have performed at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX.

Senbanjo has graced the cover of the Washington Post, has been featured in the NY Times, Vogue, BBC, CNN, VICE and more. He has also collaborated with brands includes Kenneth Cole, Nike, Equinox Fitness, and with other artists such as Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek, and Danielle Brooks.

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