Rocky Dawuni “Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1” Nominated for “Best Global Music Album” at 2022 GRAMMY Awards!!
“Our culture be our power.”
Rocky Dawuni’s “Voice of Bunbon Vol. 1” was just nominated for “Best Global Music Album” for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards! This is Rocky’s second nomination as he was previously nominated for “Best Reggae Album” for his “Branches of the Same Tree” in 2016 making him the first Ghanaian musician to be nominated for a prestigious GRAMMY award!! The EP is available on all major platforms https://tinyurl.com/yy7xo2nf
Rocky will be celebrating the announcement with a home town show with full band on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at +233 Jazz Bar & Grill in Accra, Ghana with special guests!
“Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1” came on the heels of his most recent full-length album “Beats of Zion” (2019) which received tremendous acclaim around the globe and featured five incredible music videos filmed in Ghana, India, the US and beyond. Rocky’s move back to his home country of Ghana is evident in this latest offering which explores contemporary aspects of local music in a creative quest to extend its global appeal.
According to Rocky, “these new songs were born out of my desire to present and project music that is rooted in the deep cultural traditions of Ghana yet presented in way that it can relate to the modern world. Bunbon is my home town in Northern Ghana. My musical career has always been firmly inspired by my upbringing in the royal family of Bunbon and being educated in the indigenous ways. This exposure to cultural appreciation has served as an important part of my world view and music.My vision for this EP is to present a globalized version of African culture. It also represents my maturity over the years as a voice for social consciousness. In a time of uncertainty, 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.
Three videos have been released for the EP – the first “Ghost Town” shot in Los Angeles, CA by photographer Casey Bridges (son of legendary actor Beau Bridges) which is a poignant tribute to 2020 as well as “Beautiful People” which was shot by rising Ghanaian cinematographer Slinghot in Rocky’s home village of Bunbon, Ghana which explores how “a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude can shift our gaze to recognizing our personal and communal power.” The most recent video for the classic Palmwine Highlife song “Woara” was released this fall. “Woara” which means “you or it’s you” is sung in the local Akan dialect of Twi. It is a love song that uses its call and response style to express the beauty and triumph of being in love. In a time when divisive rhetoric on the rise and the political climate prefers to build walls over bridges, Rocky’s music is a refreshing message about global unity and a worldview of oneness. https://www.rockydawuni.com
Thank you for this incredible second GRAMMY nomination for Rocky Dawuni, he hopes to bring this award home for the people of Ghana!! Let’s GO!
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