Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni

 Pacific Palisades, California, USA
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GRAMMY nominated Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni is known for his propulsive recordings, songwriting, live shows & activism. He was voted Intl. Reggae & World Music Awards ‘"Best African Artist" & CNN's Top 10 African Artists. Among others, he’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Bono, & Janelle Monae, bringing his Reggae, Afrobeat & Soul fusion to audiences worldwide. Rocky Dawuni released his sixth album "Branches of the Same Tree" worldwide in March 2015 on Cumbancha, a WOMEX Top Label Award winner.

Biography

ROCKY DAWUNI is a GRAMMY nominated musician and activist from Ghana, West Africa. Named one of Africa's Top 10 global stars by CNN, his music and electric live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts around the world at many of the top Reggae and World Music Festivals, prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as his own solo concerts. He has collaborated and performed with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Rocky Dawuni has spent the last year touring his new "Branches of the Same Tree" album across the United States, Canada and Europe. He has performed at many of the top US, Canadian and European festivals including California Worldfest, Globalquerque, Afrikadey, Harbourfront Festival, Summerjam, Mundial Montreal, Montreux Jazz Festival, Afro Pfingsten, Festival International d'Louisiane and many more.

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 has joined forces with Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center & the UN Foundation. Dawuni was appointed the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador of Ghana and World Ambassador for the Musicians Union of Ghana. The United Nations Foundation's Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves named him a UN Global Ambassador, alongside actress Julia Roberts and Chef Jose Andres.

Rocky's new album "Branches of the Same Tree" fully captures his unique fusion of Afro Beat, global sounds and Reggae while confirming him as an artist in the tradition of both Fela Kuti and Bob Marley in utilizing his music to uplift, unify and inspire. The first single from the album African Thriller has already been licensed by Electronic Arts for the FIFA World Cup 2014 which was accompanied by a smoking hot new music video for the track that is making waves around the world! Rocky Dawuni released his sixth solo album on Cumbancha in March 2015, a WOMEX Top Label Award winner. "Branches" was subsequently nominated for a GRAMMY for "Best Reggae Album" for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards.


Rocky Dawuni Band: (Band size varies with venue / budget / etc)

Lead Vocals - Rocky Dawuni 

2 Background Vocals 

Keyboards

Drums

Bass 

Guitar

Percussion (full band) 

DJ (full band)

Saxophone (full band)

Trumpet (full band)

Lyrics

Wake The Town

Written By: Rocky Dawuni

Yeah! alright!
It is Friday night
and the air outside feels so warm
no one will sleep tonight
in the four walls of this town
I'm here to take you high
till you catch my vibe
move your heart and feet to Africa's groove

CHORUS:
Wake up the town so we can shake it again
Wake up the town so we can shake it again
Wake up the town so we can shake it again
brother wake the town so we can shake it again
wake the town so we can shake it again

Shake it! Shake it now

Surrender to this sound
we are so irresistible we did not come to change but only to fulfil
but now we've got tonight
try to make things right
to make you loose yourself to this African beat

CHORUS

shake it ! shake it now!
shake it ! shake it ! shake it ! shake it! shake it!
shake it ! Shake it now!
shake it ! shake it ! shake it! shake it! Shake it!

Wake up the town so we can shake it again wake up the town so we can shake it again
wake up the town so we can shake it again No one sleeps in this town tonight we are going to turn the people on turn all the darkness to light

Wake up! wake up!
shake it ! Shake it now!
Shake it ! Shake it ! Shake it

Discography

ROCKY DAWUNI ALBUMS:

"The Movement" (Aquarian Records, 1996)
"Crusade"  (Aquarian Records, 1998)
"Awakening"(Aquarian Records, 2001)
"Book of Changes" (Aquarian Records, 2005)
"Hymns for the Rebel Soul" (Aquarian Records, 2010)
"Branches of the Same Tree" (Cumbancha, 2015)

ROCKY DAWUNI COMPILATIONS:

"Reggae Around the World" (Putumayo, 1998)
"Instant Karma-Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur " (Various Artists) (Warner Brothers, 2007)
"Playing For Change-Songs Around the World" (Various Artists) (Concord/Universal Music, 2009)
"Tribute to a Reggae Legend" (Putumayo, 2010)

ROCKY DAWUNI TELEVISION PLACEMENTS:

"ER" (NBC TV)
"Wake the Town"
"Shashamane"
"Knockin on Heaven's Door"

"WEEDS" (SHOWTIME TV)
"Jammin Nation"
"Jah Be For Us"

"DEXTER" (SHOWTIME TV)
Jah Be For Us"

"THE GOODE FAMILY "(ABC TV)
(Various Artists)

ROCKY DAWUNI VIDEO GAMES PLACEMENTS:
"Wake The Town"- FIFA SOCCER '08 (Electronic Arts)
"The One" -SIMMS '08 (Electronic Arts)
"Download the Revolution" FIFA SOCCER '10-(Electronic Arts)
"African Reggae/Soccer Fever" FIFA WORLD CUP SA '10 (Electronic Arts)
"Reggae Soca Party" The Sims Island Life Package 2013
"African Thriller" FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 

Set List

Set list varies at each concert. Set time is between 60 to 90 minutes but can be tailored accordingly as well as size of band.

Set List Example:

1. MY LOVE
2. THIS IS REGGAE
3. AFRO ROOTS VIBRATION
4. DOWNLOAD THE REVOLUTION
5. AFRICAN REGGAE FEVER
6.ROAD TO DESTINY
7. EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN
8. WALLS TUMBLIN DOWN
9. WALK THE TALK
10. MASTERPLAN

ENCORES:
11.JAMMIN NATION
12. IN GHANA
13. GET UP STAND UP (BOB MARLEY)