Akala makes graphic novel debut

RnB/Hip Hop | Thursday 27th October 2016 | Harry

Visions is the first in a new series of graphic novels being released by the rapper, as he continues to spread his far-reaching influence across music, literature and politics. 

Akala, to say the least, is a multi-talented man. The rapper, not only still building a fan base after an illustrious 10-year career, has so far managed to lecture in some of the country’s most prestigious universities on topics of slavery and racial injustice, whilst simultaneously creating innovative literature including graphic novels and poetry.

His latest graphic novel Visions is the first in a series of upcoming semi-autobiographical stories, mixing both fiction and reality to explore the ‘higher states of consciousness’. Re-telling the evolution of his art form, Akala describes the origin of rap whilst recounting the impact of jazz, blues and reggae on the culture. Clearly, Akala is not your ordinary artist.

London fans are in for a treat as later this week Akala will premiere Visions with a reading at London Comic Con on 29th October. Not only will he be recounting the story behind Visions, he will also be reading excerpts from The Ruins of Empires, a past novel of his describing the Haitian revolution and its impact in ending slavery. We've attended one of his lectures before, so we can safely say this is not one to miss. 

Don't forget to check out his latest single ‘Giants’, which celebrates the history of the Notting Hill Carnival. 

Head to the Comic Con website for info, pre-order Visions here and follow Akala on Twitter

Harry Demetriou