When previewed atMCM Comic Conin London last October, Akala said:
“Visions is a semi-autobiographical magical realist story which forms part of a new comic book series,written entirely in verse. This all-encompassing multi-media historical tale explores higher states of consciousness, charting the evolution of the art of rapping from West Africa’s Griot traditions, through Jazz, Blues and Reggae up to the modern day.”
ABOUT THE MUSIC: With deeply stirring soundscapes and hard-hitting beats produced by James Leggett (akaNearly Native) and Akala with additional production from his long time collaboratorLavar Bullard, the Visions EP sets Akala’s visceral trademark flow to moody strings and timeless rhythms, breaking new ground for his unique approach to Hip Hop: theatrical long-form storytelling - a signpost to where Akala is taking the hip hop genre.
Visions will be released on all digital platforms on the 28th July 2017, one week after its world premiere onCharlie Sloth’sinternationally renownedBBC ‘Radio 1’rap show. This will be hotly followed by a string of summer festivals and a UK tour where fans and newcomers alike will be treated to the full live performance / visual presentation of the ‘Visions’Comic Book EPas well as songs from his decade-spanning back catalogue this Winter.
Visions Comic Book credits: Written by Akala Illustrations by J.C. Baez Digital Colors by Jon Lyons (with J.C. Baez & Manuel Avila) Front cover design and book design by cloud9T.com
Visions - Comic Book EP Credits: Executive producer - Chanelle Newman Music Produced by Nearly Native x Akala Additional Production by Lavar Bullard Recorded and Mixed by Lavar Bullard at Fifth Element Studios Music Mastered by Prash 'Engine-Earz' Mistry at Forwa3D Studios Drums - Richard Cassell Cello - Harry Edwards Additional Guitars - Charlie Laffer Saxophone - Caspar Sutton-Jones Background Vocals - Mai Khalil