Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni

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outstanding high professional world afro beat reggae music artist with a big social influence.

Biography

Ghanaian international music star Rocky Dawuni has leveraged his popularity across the African continent to bring his unique Afro Roots sound to global audiences and champion social causes. Over the course of his career, and the release of five albums, his infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans, including some of music’s biggest stars with whom he’s performed and collaborated. Having appeared at many of the biggest World and Reggae music events, Dawuni has worked alongside Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae, as well many others. His eloquence, passion and successful melding of celebrity with humanitarian action have also made him a spokesperson for various global causes.

On his fifth studio release Hymns for the Rebel Soul (Aquarian Records, 2010), Dawuni was inspired by his travels, particularly in Israel, Finland, Jamaica, the U.S. and throughout his native Ghana. Hymns’ 11 songs reflect his quest to articulate common spiritual, political and social aspirations and is a musical exploration in global consciousness. The main recording and writing took place in Los Angeles during the transformative 2008 US presidential election and concluded on inauguration day, which also had a profound effect. Hymns For the Rebel Soul was nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding World Music Album“ and “Best Album” at the 2011 International Reggae & World Music Awards in Trinidad. Rocky also won “Best African Artist” and has again been nominated for 2012.In the US, Dawuni’s progressive fusions of Reggae, Soul and traditional African sounds, have been making steady inroads and he can found alongside U2’s Bono in the remake of “War /No More Trouble” for the highly successful “Playing for Change: Songs around the World” album and accompanying videos. Rocky Dawuni is also featured with other global stars on Tribute to a Reggae Legend with his genre-bending rendition of Bob Marley’s “Sun is Shining.” (Putumayo Records, 2010) He receives extensive airplay on NPR’s influential KCRW station and his songs have had prominent exposure on hit TV shows like Weeds, ER and Dexter.

Rocky’s recent performances include the 18,000 strong “We Day” event in Toronto, Canada alongside Somalian superstar K’Naan at the Air Canada Center for Free The Children and at the Freedom Awards in Los Angeles with pop sensation Jason Mraz. In July 2011 he performed at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl with the legendary Stevie Wonder during a night of "Global Soul” and appeared at France’s Les Esteivales de la Perriere in August 2011 with Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Diana King where they joined together on a magical rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry." He just returned from Southeast Asia where he headlined the Balispirit Festival and received a glowing feature in RollingStone Indonesia.

Lyrics

DOWNLOAD THE REVOLUTION

Written By: rocky dawuni

There comes a time when the tables must turn!
Yeah this one goes to those who thought this day will never, never never come

Download this revolution
I want all my brothers and sisters to say yeah
this conscious music revolution
get up and take a stand
All you have to say is yeah

Download this Revolution
I want all my brothers and my sisters to say yeah
Rebel music stirring up commotion
get up and take a stand
All you have to say is yeah

2x)
Download this ! Download this! Download this Revolution
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The internet is gone ablaze with it
Babylon newspaper will not mention it
For so long they tried to keep us back yet
peer to peer, soul to soul here we come

Download this revolution
I want all my brothers and sisters to say yeah
this conscious music revolution
get up and take a stand
All you have to say is yeah

Download this Revolution
I want all my brothers and my sisters to say yeah
To wipe away the musical pollution
get up and take a stand
All you have to say is yeah…..

Download this ! Download this! Download this Revolution
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The playing field keeps levelling
Every door them shutting keep on opening
A new vibe to run this nation
peer to peer, soul to soul
heart to heart

2x)Download the revolution
I want all my brothers and sisters to say yeah
this conscious music revolution
get up and take a stand
All you have to say is yeah

In Ghana, Download This!
In America, Download this!
In Jamaica, Download this
The whole world, Download this!

For those who've been scorned
A new battle to be won
A new day has dawned
A new time is come
To those who believed
To those who endured
The old ways are gone
A new day has come

Download this !! Upload this Revolution, A Reva-Reva-Revolution (repeat til fade)

MASTERPLAN

Written By: rocky dawuni

Surviving the Masterplan
Surviving surviving now
Come on people meditate go higher
Ghana people make you take it go higher
Come Africa make you light my fire
And i'll burn bright

Come together lets celebrate
this great promise of a brand new day
forget your worries outside the gate
love will lead us to this brand new way
dance and let go of every trouble
hand in hand we carry each other
come on people lift up your hearts
Now that you have seen light
we must sing this song with one great voice

CHORUS
I could not believe the news today
Another hero falls in South Africa
wipe your tears and fears away
All you children from Africa Jamaica
Sing noes songs of joy and redemption
Wave your flags in celebration
Come on people lift up your hearts
Now that you have seen the light
We must sing this song with one great voice
CHORUS

if they fit do am so than we too we go do am take go higher
if they fit to move am so then we too we go move am take go higher
if they fit to pass am so then we too we go move am take go higher
if they fit to move am so then we too we go move am take go higher

Surviving the Masterplan, Surviving Surviving now

(Repeat till fade)

WALK THE TALK

Written By: rocky dawuni

you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk my brothers and sisters
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk can I get a witness

Be mindful of the stones you throw
they go around come around back at you
a word you speak is promise you vow to keep
as you sow so shall you reap
Go now have your little fun
for nothing is hidden under the sun
let your yeah be yeah
oh my oh my what you conceal is the very thing that easily reveal
let your no be no

you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk my brothers and sisters
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk can I get a witness

Mr. official when dust settles on your speech
our economic predicament will be permanent
don't sell the votes of the poor majority
to satisfy high society
hold on take a step back
how much gold will satisfy a soul
for what it is worth
oh my oh my when its done done
you are just another tool for the status quo
let your yeah be yeah

you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk my brothers and sisters
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk can I get a witness

You cant keep saying what you cannot do
nor can you keep doing what you did not say
you gonna walk walk the talk(3x)

you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk
you gonna walk the talk and talk the walk

AFRICAN REGGAE FEVER

Written By: rocky dawuni

Intro:
Nkosi sikeiei' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo Iwayo
Yizwa imiithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho Iwayo.
CHORUS:
African reggae fever catch it catch it!
There will be no cure when you get it
Hey you Mr. DJ play it spread it
It is the common mans time now to make it
This one is for the rockers from Accra to Kingston
It is the common mans time now to make it
Pay attention my people all over the nation
Hope you have a minute to listen to what I have to say
Redemption through music is my only intention
Bringing hope to places while the leaders laugh and play

From Accra to Soweto all i hear is "MoreFire!"
youth ina the Gheto now desire more fire
Music pon the radio don't take them no higher
Its too late none of them can stop us now
CHORUS:
African reggae fever catch it catch it!
There will be no cure when you get it
Hey you Mr. DJ play it spread it
It is the common mans time now to make it
From Accra down to Lagos to Addis Ababa
It is the common mans time now to make it

Oh mama Oh papa come lets face reality
Africa and diaspora must stand in Unity
So gather don't scatter
fulfill the Bible prophecy
Out of many come together as one
They gun down all our heroes in a cold blooded murder
Tried to stop this movement from growing much further
Jah Jah give us power to cross every border
Hey DJ press rewind and come again!
CHORUS
Pay attention my people all across the nation
Hope you have a minute to listen to what I say
where you gonna run! where you gonna hide where you gonna go when this music come for you

Hey you youth Congo
(Catch it! Catch it)
Hey you youth Liberia
(Africa)
Hey you youth Cote D'ivoire
(Catch it! Catch it)
Hey you youth of Sierra Leone
(Africa)
Hey you youth of Zimbabwe
(Catch it! Catch it)
Hey you youth of Ethiopia
(Africa)
Hey you youth of South Africa
(Catch it! Catch it)
Hail you youth of Africa
(Africa)Yes you know a new feeling a new time a new vibration(Catch it Catch it)
So rewind and come again (Africa)

TAKE IT SLOW (love love love

Written By: rocky dawuni

CHORUS:
Girl let us take it slow
listen to my music before you go
love love love love love love love
oh now
love love love love love love love
Caress you with melody
woo you with harmonies
make the moment like a favorite song
why should we be in a hurry
when we have no worries
Girl you make me feel alright
CHORUS
tonight we take it easy
sip herb tea with wild honey
make some time to kill some time
compose some beautiful verses
rhyme them with choruses
girl you have to spend all night
CHORUS
BRIDGE:
When you love someone you know
you know you cannot go wrong
in the end love will help to carry you right through the day
When you love someone you know
Its like a beautiful song
you wont get lost when you let love show the way
When you love someone you know
you know you cannot go wrong
in the end love will help to carry you right through the day
When you love someone you know
Its like a beautiful song
you wont get lost when you love
CHORUS (Repeat till end)

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)

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)

Set List

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. MASTERPLAN
8. WALLS TUMBLIN DOWN
9. WALK THE TALK
10. EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN

ENCORES:
11.JAMMIN NATION
12. IN GHANA