Art and activism: Humanitarian activist Rocky Dawuni on Bringing Diverse People and Cultures Together Through Music!

by Faizal Kan for the Financial Express India

For a decade-and-a-half, Rocky Dawuni has been singing around the world, while campaigning for clean water, women’s empowerment and AIDS awareness.

On a nearly full moon night, Rocky Dawuni’s reggae at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur brought a capacity crowd to its feet. The dreadlock-sporting Ghanaian-American’s Afro roots music is meant to achieve exactly that kind of engagement, apart from being danceable and elevating. Creating the opportunity to bring diverse peoples and cultures together is the mantra of the Los Angeles-based musician, who divides his time between the US and Ghana. “Recognise the person next to you and look (them) in the eye,” the Grammy-nominated musician told his audience as he sang Rock Your Soul.