Rocky Dawuni: The Originality, Style And More On The Grammys


Rocky Dawuni has been an artiste for a considerable length of time. Truth be told, he is one Ghanaian reggae artiste dwelling in the U.S, who has projected the name of the little West African nation Ghana through music. For a long time, Rocky Dawuni has been producing unimaginable reggae tunes right from Ghana prior to moving to the United States.

In spite of the fact that the singer, songwriter and record producer has not been very much perceived in his country of origin, Rocky Dawuni has reliably pushed to the top in world music. His tunes were initially been played on the wireless transmissions in Ghana, however en route, it somehow stopped because of absence of his physical presence to promote his incredible tunes.

Although that ‘style’ of music promotion isn’t really significant any more drawn out, his move back to his country of origin- Ghana is evident in this latest offering which explores contemporary aspects of local music in a creative quest to extend its global appeal.

Rocky Dawuni has for such countless years produced staggering Reggae tunes, making him one of the best in the world. The 52 year-old, who is also an activist has churned out tunes that have a blend of Reggae, Afrobeat, Highlife and Soul music.

Regardless of being the one to begin the well known yearly “Freedom Splash” festival, which is held in Ghana on Ghana’s Independence Day, March 6, he never relaxed, but kept ‘digging’ for more gold’ until his 6th studio album named ”Branches of The Same Tree” got a nomination at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album in December 2016.

He became the first nominee from his country of origin – – Ghana to have gotten that accolade. As though that was a peak for Dawuni, but he actually desired for more, and again got one more nomination for the- Best Global Music Album at the upcoming 64th Grammy Awards with his ‘Voice of BunBon’, Vol. 1 collection, scheduled to occur on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+.

Having recorded seven full-length albums including – The Movement, Crusade, Awakening, Book of Changes 2005, Hymns for the Rebel Soul, Branches of The Same Tree,
Beats of Zion and so forth, Rocky Dawuni is still pushing ahead for additional achievements in music. In the interim, he is expecting to win the category in which he finds himself in at the forthcoming Grammys.

Rocky Dawuni is also an extremist who is known to ride the limits between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. create sounds that unite generations and cultures works to foster global peace. Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monáe and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN.

Rocky Dawuni in performance

Dawuni’s height as a social negotiator and effective merging of music and activism have driven him to become a spokesperson for various global causes. He is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Africa for UN Environment and is a Global Ambassador for the UN Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance alongside actress Julia Roberts and Chef José Andrés.

With many honors to his credit, Dawuni has also had a portion of his tracks featured on well known TV programs like: Wake The Town on NBC, Shashemane on NBC, Knockin on Heaven’s Door on NBC, Turn It Up on U.S. Telecom company. Again, his tunes have been used in several computer games, especially in African Thriller for FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Rocky Dawuni’s Music Style And Why The “Voice of BunBon”

As indicated by Rocky, the greater part of his songs are conceived out of his craving to present and project music that is established in the profound social practices of Ghana yet introduced in way that it can identify with the advanced world.

Bunbon is Rocky Dawuni’s home town in Northern Ghana. His musical career has always been firmly inspired by his upbringing in the royal family of Bunbon and was educated in the indigenous ways. This exposure to cultural appreciation has served as an important part of Dawuni’s world view and music. Rocky Dawuni’s vision for this EP is to present a globalized version of African culture.

It also represents his growth throughout the years as a voice for social cognizance. In a time of doubts, we need songs and hymns that can touch our emotional nerve and remind us that love and hope are an indestructible aspect of the human experience that no amount of fear can take away.

The 8 song EP explores the diversity of his “Afro Roots” sound fusing modern and traditional musical trends in Ghana and across the continent. “Voice of Bunbon” is a diverse sonic experience with songs ranging from acoustic to beat driven anthems to cultural explorations utilizing aspects of Afrobeats, Highlife, Reggae, Soul, Pop and beyond.

The inspirational words to the songs focus on love, resilience, faith, joy and hope. Running through the EP is a theme of empowerment, urging the listeners to think critically on current issues.

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