Laolu Senbanjo known as LaoluNYC was born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria. He became a lawyer because that was what his Father expected of him; as he too was a lawyer. After several years of spending all his free time and money creating Art and Music, he decided to make a change and become a full-time Artist.
“This path I chose is not easy, nor filled with riches but it is my destiny, in Yoruba we say, Ayanmo.” – LaoluNYC
His Art is called, Afromysterics, a term he coined in 2007, which means, the mystery of the African thought pattern. As a Pioneer and Leader in the Afrofuturism movement he consider it his duty to keep creating and to continue to push boundaries.
It transcends Art mediums and is also the expression of these thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds. All of his work is heavily influenced by his Yoruba heritage and often related to the environment he finds himself in. He loves to travel so you will often see his travels reflected in his work.
He is a passionate activist and his works have social justice ideologies woven throughout.
Also, you will notice feminism, women and children are often present and common themes in his work, due to his work as Human Rights Lawyer in Nigeria, he was impacted by the strength girls and women have shown him.
He is a self-taught Visual Artist and Musician. His preferred medium is charcoal, although he uses others as well.
He often creates Art based on the songs that he writes and vice-versa. Musically he is influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, Sade, and King Sunny Ade. Artistically he is often compared to Twin Seven-Seven.
He tries very hard to balance both his passions of Art and Music. But, since they are so intertwined it’s difficult for him to separate the two. Currently, he divides his time between Nigeria and Brooklyn, New York.
His current hit songs are Flowers, Love Before and Naniya.