In this video we feature Tunde Olaniran, a co-host of our “I Do Mind Dying” event last Summer. Tunde Olaniran performed his epic song “Cobra” which address state violence and police profiling.
Invincible notes: “Tunde always pushes the creative edges and inspires with tireless innovation and dedication. He is a true polymath skilled as a lyricist, singer, emcee, producer, fashion/jewelry designer, video director, choreographer, event producer, installation designer, science fiction author, and manages to give every single thing his all, not to mention a powerful youth worker and sex education activist, deeply committed to his community in Flint.”
This video of Tunde Olaniran is produced by Emergence Media, filmed and edited by Tim Jagielo.
Emergence presented the "I Do Mind Dying" Live Action Mixtape on July 19, 2014 at Detroit's New Center Park. The event was hosted by and featured performances from Invincible, Miz Korona, and Tunde Olaniran.
A "unique mix of cultural bite, androgynous aesthetic, and a wildly impressive musical faculty" (AfroPunk) combine to make Flint, MI's Tunde Olaniran one of the more captivating American musicians putting his stamp on today's artistic landscape. Having lived various portions of his life in Nigeria, Germany, England and the United States, his unique take on Afrofuturism seamlessly blends the progressive ideals of pioneers such as Sun Ra and George Clinton with a modern production style all his own. Frenetic trap beats, soaring vocal prowess and playfully conscious verses all combine for a stunning end-product: an output that is as entertaining as it is enlightened.
His magnetic presence as a performer as well as songwriter has garnered him accolades as an "avant-garde genius" (MTV) and an artist who "stands out amongst a crowd of hip-hop, electro and indie scenes" (Examiner), leading to a recent partnership with Quite Scientific Records for the release of some of his most in-depth and provocative work yet. His most recent EP Yung Archetype, was described "an explosive, dynamic offering from what is clearly a restlessly creative talent" (Pitchfork), and his upcoming LP, Transgressor, is set to debut in 2015.
Gayelynn McKinney (drums)
Ibrahim Jones (bass)
Tony Gordon (keys)
C Sharpe and Detroit Urban Stringz (string section)
DJ Los (turntables)
“Emergence Media and Dirt Tech Reck presents…Alright!”
Thursday July 30th 6-9pm at New Center Park in Detroit
Free. All ages. Wheelchair accessible.