African Reggae Star, ROCKY DAWUNI, joins the legendary STEVIE WONDER at the Hollywood Bowl
Africa’s reggae superstar, Rocky Dawuni gave a rousing and impassioned performance to spark a capacity crowd of 18,000 dancing onto their feet at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 with the legendary Stevie Wonder. Dawuni charged onto the stage with his afrobeat rocker “Afroroots Vibration,” before rolling into the crowd favorite “Extraordinary Woman” both from his hit album Hymns for the Rebel Soul.
Rocky then spoke about the need for action on the famine in Somalia and Ethiopia before jumping into a superb rendition of “Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley with the ecstatic crowd swaying and singing along. The night billed as “KCRW”s Global Soul with Stevie Wonder and Friends” brought together current top stars of soul music from around the globe. The night featured classic performances by grammy nominee Janelle Monae, Sharon Jones, soul man Charles Bradley, Mexico’s Ceci Bastida, rocker Grace Porter all backed by the American Idol/Tonight Show bandleader Rickey Minor.
Stevie Wonder closed out the night with an amazing performance from his classic repertoire before inviting Dawuni and all the featured guests to join him on stage for a final performance of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” and Stevie’s own “Higher Ground” to crown a night of musical history. Dawuni’s performance was also filmed by CNN for a forthcoming “African Voices” feature on the musician.
Hollywood Bowl Rocky Dawuni Bio
“Ghana’s international music star ROCKY DAWUNI has leveraged his popularity within and without of the Continent to champion social causes and inspire a generation of artists and fans alike. Dawuni’s eloquence as well as his successful melding of musical celebrity and social action has made him a spokesperson for various causes worldwide. Over the last few years, Rocky’s music and electric live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts.
Rocky’s 5th studio album, “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” was officially released in the US on May 25, 2010 by Aquarian Records. The 11 song album was inspired and written over the course of his travels around the world particularly Israel, Finland, Jamaica, U.S. and Ghana in his quest to articulate and craft a record that reflected the common spiritual, political and social aspirations of ordinary folks around the world. With the songs written, the main tracking and recording took place in Los Angeles during the transformative period of the 2008 U.S. presidential election and concluded on inauguration day. Rocky sees this album as a musical exploration in global consciousness.”