Nigerian body artist Laolu Senbanjo has a lot to smile about as Beyonce
on Wednesday finally released her first video from her Lemonade
visual-album on Youtube.
The video “Sorry”, showcases Senbanjo’s “Sacred Art of the Ori,” and
features Serena Williams. It is the song that infamously calls out
“Becky with the good hair”
To crown it all, come Friday, June 24, the Grammy
Museum, in partnership with BET International, will be recognizing
Sebanjo’s work in their “Sounds of Africa” exhibit in Los Angeles. The
exhibit will run through Fall of 2016.
“We are beyond excited about this tribute to legendary, traditional and
contemporary African music artists,” said Ava Hall, Vice President of
BET International Programming and Brand Advancement, in a statement.
Laolu Sebanjo took to his Instagram to share his joy. Posting a photo yesterday, he wrote:
“The only thing better than winning a Grammy is having your art in their museum.”
The 34-year-old talented Nigerian artist began his career as a human
rights lawyer before answering his true calling as an artist. His work’s
first high-profile platform, Nike, featured his painting on limited
edition Air Max. The sneakers debuted only a month ago, and of course,
his “Sacred Art of the Ori” which made its onscreen debut alongside
Beyoncé in her conceptual short film that premiered on HBO, Lemonade.
On how it felt working with Beyonce, Laolu said:
“What I connect with about her is her thoroughness. I’m pretty much like
that in a way; like a perfectionist. She’s the first person to get on
the set and she’s the last person to leave. She’s doing everything
repeatedly. She’s like you can’t afford not to be on your best. You can
see she’s at her best, so everybody is working real hard around her.
Everyone’s very charged when she’s there. Very charged. She’s awesome.
When you see somebody at that level doing that, you’re like, ‘wow.’ I
got back to New York super charged, extra energy. I know she’s super,
super busy and yet, she commits so much to her craft.”
Check out the video below: