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Oliver Asadi x Afrirampo Reunite in “LIONSAPIEN” Collaboration

Oliver ‘King Lion’ Asadi releases collaborative new single with Afrirampo to create a unique blend of primitive but modern hip-hop.

Their first collaborative effort together since their 2018 album Afrirverse, “LIONSAPIEN” declares Asadi’s forthcoming EP of the same name, which will feature appearances from up-and-coming Japanese artists/DJs such as Afrirampo, Licaxxx, Yuri Urano, and Mr.Wax.

“LIONSAPIEN” is highly energetic and rhythmic offering whose primary melody instruments are flute and piano. The crowd vocals chant the chorus between Oliver’s lyrical offerings comparing personal power and strength to the iconic ‘king of the jungle.’ 

The newly released track has a stunning animated music video, funded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Directed by Asadi and animated by Waheeda Rahman-Mair of ‘The Treehouse,’ the imagery merges the primal, the modern, and the celestial; matching the intentions the artist achieves sonically within the track itself.

Along with the original track, a number of remixes are also available. Find the original “LIONSAPIEN” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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