Social Advocacy Through Music

International music star and activist Rocky Dawuni straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create an appealing sound that unites generations and cultures. With an easy-going charisma and reputation as a dedicated champion of social causes, Dawuni’s infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans across the globe. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album, “Branches of the Same Tree,”was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” (2016) making Rocky the first nominee from his home country of Ghana. The album features the Afro Dancehall mashup African Thriller” re-mixed by DJ Jeremy Sole (KCRW) with its striking accompanying video. “Branches” has continued to grow his internationalaudience with the release of his “Shine A Light”  video which is a welcome bit of joy in these troubled times. Rocky’s brand new 7thstudio album “Beats of Zion” has garnered critical acclaim and features stunning videos shot around the world including the title track video filmed in Jamestown, Accra and “Wickedest Sound” featuring Ghanaian dancehall star, Stonebwoy. Reflecting his maturity as an artist, the album highlights Dawuni’s ability to communicate a universal, uplifting message that crosses borders and reaches out to the hearts of millions.

Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a passionate spokesperson for various global causes. He was just named a UN 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 Jose Andres. He has lent his voice and efforts to organizations including Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center, Ghana Aids Commission, AEGIS Trust, UNFCC, UNEP, RFK Center for Human Rights, Creative Visions Foundation and many more. In 2012, Dawuni was appointed the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador of Ghana and World Ambassador for the Musicians Union of Ghana. In 2013, Rocky performed live in front of former UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (COP) in Warsaw, Poland. He has performed at many important environment, humanitarian and social events including the United Nations Foundation “Social Good Hub” at South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSW) in Austin Texas.

Recent Events:
Honored Guest: Robert F. Kennedy “Ripple of Hope” Gala, New York, NY (2018)
Live Performance / Honored Guest: Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, CA (2018)
Live Performance: World Health Organization Summit, Geneva, Switzerland (2018)
Live Performance / Honored Guest: Global Landscapes Forum, Kenya (2018)
MC & Performance – Ozone Awards in Montreal, Canada with UN Environment (November 2017)
Panels & Performance – Cookstove Summit – Delhi, India with UN Foundation (October 2017)
Panel & Performance – “We Are the Future” – UN General Assembly Week with UN Foundation, Skoll Foundation in New York (September 2017)
Panel & Performance – Social Good Summit – UN General Assembly Week with UN Foundation in New York (September 2017)
Performance at United Nations during UN General Assembly Week (September 2017)
Performance at World Environment Day in Canada with UN Environment (June 2017)

Rocky Dawuni has also lent his time and voice to following projects:
UN Environment / UNEP / UNFCC / COP / UN Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
Amnesty International Campaign to save Darfur
Creative Visions Foundation
Timbuktu Action Group (with Brookings Institute)
Playing for Change
WE Day
ONE Girls & Women
Kenya RED Cross
March Forth Kenya Kids
Product (RED)
Stop Poaching NOW
Concert for Social Justice
Freedom Awards
Reebok Humanitarian Awards
Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights
And-Albert Foundation
Whole Planet Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Carter Center
Viva Con Agua
& many more

“Few artists have a more positive vibe than Rocky.”  LA Weekly

“Rocky’s music is a creative inspiration that has no boundaries.” Ziggy Marley 

Press release & links & quotes:

“Beats of Zion”

“Branches of the Same Tree”

Rocky Dawuni EPK

Rocky Dawuni “Jerusalem” from “Hymns for the Rebel Soul”

“War/No More Trouble”as part of Playing for Change: .