Kehlani 'Butterfly' Video Showcases Talent From Oakland School for the Arts

The singer tapped students and teachers from her middle school for the visuals.

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After releasing her While We Wait album in late February, Kehlani has unveiled the official music video for her single, “Butterfly.” Directed by Trey Lyons, the visuals paint a story of metamorphosis, growth and beauty through dance, mood-setting lighting and a luminous wardrobe.

Kehlani tapped 14-year-old twin brothers, known simply as the Omar Twinz, to choreograph a dance and star in the video alongside her. To find the duo, she ventured back to her middle school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she also recruited former teacher “Mr. Revon” to construct the cocoon-like set design. Meanwhile, her past costume professor “Ms. Linda” crafted the singer’s life-size wings. To further give back, the two-time Grammy-nominated artist also brought in assistance from current students throughout the process.

“Thank you Oakland School for the Arts for cultivating such a beautiful community, and teaching me so much of what I use today in my career,” she said in an Instagram post.

Watch the full video of “Butterfly” by Kehlani above.

For more sounds from the artist, check out her recent “Nunya” track with Dom Kennedy.

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i went back to my old middle school & found @omartwinz12 , these two little geniuses not only showed up and were incredibly epic/professional to work with, but they choreographed their entire piece the night before. my set was built and designed by my production/set design teacher, Mr. Revon & assisted by students who stayed up till 3 am working on that beautiful cocoon. the wings were designed and built by my costume design teacher Ms.Linda, assisted by a student. thank you Oakland School for the Arts for cultivating such a beautiful community, and teaching me so much of what i use today in my career. directed by the youngest director i’ve ever worked with @treylyons , thank you for bringing my vision to life. #Butterfly ? #whilewewait

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