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Kobalt to launch NFT collection with Dawn Richard and Afroscope

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2022

Dawn Richard NFT

Kobalt is getting in on that whole NFT thing with a collection of digital collectibles based on lyrics from Dawn Richard’s song ‘Le Petite Morte (A Lude)’, created by visual artist Afroscope. It reckons it’s the first music publisher to “release a set of fully licensed direct-to-fan NFTs”, which seems like a lot of caveats.

“Dawn and I have a strong mutual respect for each other’s work, and there was a synergy between some of our recent, individual visual explorations”, says Afroscope. “This NFT [collection] is special for several reasons. Firstly it is based on truly moving lyrics by an extremely gifted and inspiring artist. Plus, it brought together creators from different sides of the globe, epitomising the power of connection and community in Web3.”

Richard adds: “This opportunity was akin to how Kobalt has helped me put together sessions with other like-minded artists and songwriters, but this time they helped connect me with a visual artist as they knew my passion here. I believe the artist will be able to create their own ecosystem through spaces like NFTs and the metaverse. I chose Afroscope because I feel his work resonates with my music. Together, we are both pushing for the essence of culture and the power of black excellence through our art”.

Meanwhile, Kobalt’s VP Global Digital Partnerships, Derek Cournoyer, comments: “After licensing many NFTs for various projects, we wanted to dive deeper into this emerging market and experiment alongside our clients. Afroscope is a world-class visual artist who has already made a name for himself in the NFT community, and in addition to being a brilliant songwriter and recording artist, Dawn Richard has a long history of creating innovative visual content”.

“These are among the first NFTs of their kind, inspired by and featuring lyrics from a published song”, he adds, “but most importantly, they’re powerful, captivating art pieces”.

The collection of three NFTs, called ‘An Electro Revival’, will be offered via Foundation from 25 Aug, with a reserve price of 1ETH (about £1500).