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Grammy-nominated musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. 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, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl. 2017 has seen Rocky focusing his touring in Africa with headlining performances at Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, Tanzania and HIFA in Harare, Zimbabwe as he gears up for the summer touring season in the United States, Canada and beyond.
Influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti, the positive messages of Bob Marley, Rocky Dawuni’s infections sing-along sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, (Cumbancha) was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” (2015) featuring the Afro Dancehall mashup “African Thriller”and its striking accompanying video. “Branches” continues to bring him an even wider international audience with the recent release of his “Shine A Light” video which is a welcome bit of joy in these troubled times. 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 has supported humanitarian, peacebuilding and climate protection efforts with many organizations including UNICEF, RFK Center for Human Rights, UNEP, The Carter Center, UNFCC, Product (RED), Whole Planet Foundation, GRAMMY Foundation, and AEGIS Trust. Rocky is a United Nations Foundation Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative launched by Hillary Clinton, alongside actress Julia Roberts and Chef José Andrés. In June 2017 he joined the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau alongside musician/activist/surfer Jack Johnson in Toronto for World Environmental Day in association with the Government of Canada on the UN Environment. Rocky was also featured on two panels as a speaker at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity 2017 in France. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves along with governmental stakeholders and partners are working to enable 100 million households globally to adopt clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020. One of the panels was hosted by the UN Foundation in partnership with McCann Health, to explore how the public and private sectors are coming together to develop creative solutions to reduce the effects of cooking smoke on the environment, and to improve the lives of women and children in the developing world.
“Rocky’s music is a creative inspiration that knows no boundaries.” Ziggy MarleRead more Read less