Well, this is the best thing I’ve come across in a long time.
Tunde Olaniran is a artist living and working in Flint Michigan who has a day job at Planned Parenthood. Tunde is a performance artist, an amazing rapper, a great singer, and an engaged social activist. Check out this article here for the whole amazing story about Tunde Olaniran.
This song is amazing because it works on so many levels. It’s got a bangin’ beat and really cool choreography. It’s the kind of song you’d play at the gym, at a party, or blasting in your car when you want to impress. On another level the video is very impressive in terms of the artist involved; dancers and visual artists. The track also works on a higher level in terms of the social commentary on youth, hopelessness, and mobilizing and making a difference. The icing on the cake is that Tunde has an incredible voice that should be heard. This is the kind of music that makes me want to clear my entire schedule and just tell everyone who will listen to LISTEN NOW. This works on so many levels and I can’t wait to see what Tunde throws at us next!
Check out previously released ‘Critical‘ which is a gorgeous song that features more of Tunde’s silky smooth singing.
At one point in the video, he stands behind a pitcher and pours water into a glass in a somewhat abstract tableau. Olaniran explained to me that his fixation on water came out of the access issues that have been plaguing Flint and Detroit; how, because of his reproductive health work, he’s in constant contact with people who’ve been made medically vulnerable after being denied basic access to affordable, clean water. “Rashes and dehydration are serious if you’re HIV positive,” he said. It’s bleak as hell, this situation, but Olaniran grooves it out in this video nonetheless. It made me think of how intimately Detroit activists know the frustration of working their ass off in a zone that is considered by outsiders to be effectively abandoned. And “KYBM” is a moving meditation, one that guards against fatigue and apathy.
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