Laolu Senbanjo selected as featured artist in the Grammy Museum’s exhibition, “Sounds of Africa”—in partnership with BET INTERNATIONAL
SOUNDS OF AFRICA is an exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity that is present in African music. It is an exhibition that commemorates the musical accomplishments of both winners and nominees of both the GRAMMY Awards and BET Awards. The exhibition is presented in partnership with BET International.
In addition to celebrating the musical accomplishments of African artists, it also implements visual art within the exhibition by other prominent African visual artists, in order showcase the diversity of talents within Africa. LAOLU SENBANJO is one of the featured artists in this exhibition, and his work will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum from June 24th to Fall 2016. The exhibition will also feature work done by GRAMMY Winner Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Nigerian singer/songwriter Sir Victor Uwaifo, and will display handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
LAOLU was born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria to Yoruba parents and is based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a visual artist, musician, Human Rights lawyer and activist. His motto is, “Everything is my Canvas” and takes it to heart. He puts his mark on everything from canvas, to shoes, to walls and building, to clothing and even the body with his Sacred Art of the Ori. There is no separating LAOLU from his Yoruba heritage, it is ever present in all his work. A strong advocate of holding onto your culture and spreading its glory, he finds a way to marry his modern detail and ornate style with his Yoruba heritage by being one of the leaders in the Afrofuturism movement. His preferred medium is charcoal because it’s something as natural as life and death, and he also likes to use acrylics and inks. His Sacred Art of the Ori was premiered in Beyonce’s Lemonade, and was named “Master of air” in his Nike collaboration. In addition to all of these accomplishments, he was also part of the Equinox Fitness’ “#Committed” campaign. LAOLU has been featured on CNN, Vogue, Huffington Post, ABC, FOX, BBC, Elle and more. (For more information, visit www.laolu.nyc)
ABOUT BET INTERNATIONAL:
“BET Networks is the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in black culture. BET is currently viewed in more than 110 million homes in over 50 countries around the world, including the United States, the UK, sub-Saharan Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. BET International is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all platforms.” (From www.bet.com)
WHO: LAOLU SENBANJO SELECTED AS FEATURED ARTIST IN “SOUNDS OF AFRICA” EXHIBITION from June 24th, 2016 to FALL 2016
WHAT: OPENING EXHIBITION OF “SOUNDS OF AFRICA” AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
WHEN: FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
WHERE: THE GRAMMY MUSEUM, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90015