Tunde Olaniran Returns With New Immigration-Inspired Single Symbol

Tunde Olaniran is back with his new single “Symbol” and it is inspired by his view of the world as the child of an immigrant. The Flint native says,

“I wrote ‘Symbol’ as the child of an immigrant, under the global specter of violence against black and brown bodies, and in light of the international refugee crisis. Now, with the Trump Administration, black and brown bodies are again held up as political symbols to attack DACA and feed white nationalism. It saddens me that these lyrics feel like they will be relevant for many more generations. ‘Symbol’ is about still finding joy in the knowledge that despite a dark history, we still became the future, and that my body is the literal wildest dream of my ancestors.”

Olaniran hasn’t released music since his 2015 Transgressor breakout debut record. He has recently worked with Michigan artists Flint Eastwood on her song “Push” and Mona Haydar’s “Hijabi.”