Laolu Senbanjo Visual artist drops unapologetically black music video 'Mama Africa'

Laolu Senbanjo drops a music video that aims at inspiring to move on beyond the result of the US Presidential election.

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Laolu Senbanjo, the Nigerian born and bred artist is out with a new music video titled 'Mama Africa'.

The music video is made up of Senbanjo's patent Afro-mysterics visuals, white swirling and enchanting designs which he calls Sacred Art of the Ori.

The video is an unapologetically black video that is conscious and illuminating as well. On the song itself produced by Simon Sez who is based in New York, Laolu Senbanjo spits consciousness in English and Yoruba rhymes.

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Sacred Art of the Ori on a pregnant woman

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The video was inspired by Jesse Williams' jarring speech at the BET Awards in 2016. At the beginning of 'Mama Africa' excerpts of the speech were used.

The video was released on Monday, November 7, 2016 a day before the US presidential elections. The video was meant to encourage Africans in Americans who could vote to go the ballot box and make a change.

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Laolu Senbanjo with Ibeyi

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With Donald Trump now the President-Elect, Laolu Senbanjo is spreading a new message through his video. "#Dontlosehope Not the time to sulk or mourn. It's time to organize. My People, I know you are in a state of shock, I am too. However, it's not a time for sadness but a call to action. This is a time to rally together and now truly own your citizenship, rise up, stand up and fight the real fight for what we believe in. Let's make sure, we, the not so silent majority that I know exists is heard. We cannot sit and be disillusioned but use our fear as a weapon to unite and use it as our energy to affect change" he wrote on his Instagram page yesterday, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

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Laolu Senbanjo wearing an Ori mask

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Laolu Senbanjo first made noise when Nike picked him to create a special Air Max with African themed design in March 2016.

His big break would come in the following month when Beyonce released the visuals to her album Lemonade. In one of the videos, Beyonce's dancers were painted in Laolu's patent designs.

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Swizz Beatz and Laolu Senbanjo

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Since working with Beyonce, Laolu has painted on the likes of Seun Kuti, Jaden Smith, Davido, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Ibeyi, and others. Getting the cool Sacred Art of the Ori is the new cool among American celebs.

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