Rocky Dawuni and Hillary Clinton at the Global Alliance Event at UN General Assembly


Dawuni was appointed as one of the Initiative’s Ambassadors last year,  joining Academy Award winning actor Julia Roberts, and chef Jose Andres as global champions. An estimated 4 million people die annually as a result of exposure to smoke from open flames, with a majority being women and children – spurring his commitment to helping raise awareness of this issue.

“We need to keep the Alliance going and growing,” said Hillary Clinton. “Find more partners; expand the market; put more stoves in the hands of consumers; save more lives. That’s what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about, and that’s why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner”

Dawuni also met with the Chief Executive of the Global Alliance, Radha Murthiah, President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson and CEO of UN Foundation, Cathy Calvin and other distinguished members of the Alliance’s Leadership Council at the George Soros Foundation.

On the musical front, Rocky Dawuni performed at Playing for Change Day’s annual fundraiser just prior to leaving for NYC, alongside blues legend, Keb Mo, John Densmore of The Doors and Playing for Change Band. The event, held at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA helps raise funds for the building of music schools around the world. He also hosted the debut Beach Ball Festival at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA, where fans enjoyed performances by Michael Rose, Sly & Robbie, U-Roy and other Reggae greats – a fun, new experience and a departure from closing out Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park’s summer concert season with a sizzling headlining show earlier in August. Dawuni began the summer with a two-part European tour, which stopped at the top Reggae, World and Jazz music festivals and garnered excellent reviews.

Dawuni is currently working on the follow up to “Hymns for the Rebel Soul.” Set to be released next year, the as yet untitled work will include his first foray Soca, “Reggae Soca Party.” The track is featured on Electronic Art’s brand new video game “The Simm’s: Island Paradise.”

UN Photo – Sophia Paris