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Songstress enlists visual artist for new album cover

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Reggae songstress Kelissa McDonald enlisted the help of renowned Jamaican visual artist Nakazzi Hutchinson to design the cover art for her upcoming album, Spellbound, adding a creative eye to Kelissa's aural art.

"She (Hutchinson) was a part of the creative process. She was updated on the music as it was produced," she told The Gleaner.

The album cover was adapted from an original 6x5 metre painting by Hutchinson. Enthralled by the original piece, Kelissa approached Hutchinson about using the image for her album cover. The request blossomed into a collaborative exercise, where Hutchinson digitised and manipulated the image until the two were satisfied.

Hutchinson also collaborated with Anbessa Music for the artistic direction of the How Many More music video in which her mask sculptures were utilised for dramatic effect.

Kelissa officially released Spellbound on all digital platforms on Friday, January 20.

- K.S