Ghanaian Grammy Award nominee, Rocky Dawuni has rubbished claims that Ghanaian music is not internationally recognized because of the local language Ghanaian artists’ use. According to him, none of the words used in the songs matters (even if they were just some set of mumbo jumbo from start to finish?), all that people want to hear are the melodies and rhythms. “It’s your culture and your language so you have to do your music in that context. You can sing a song where people don’t understand it but they will love the melody and rhythm and it will cross borders to everywhere,” he explained. Although the Reggae artist who was wise enough to sing most of his songs in English, says there’s more to music than language athough language is vital in music. “What you have to do is to also embrace other aspects of global culture and be able to integrate them in there to really expand the reach of the music.” Rocky Dawuni was speaking in interview with Hitz News as he was talking about his homecoming concert billed to hold at Alliance Francaise on December 18th, a show he said will set the one for the Christmas holidays and the 2016 general elections. The singer said the concert was a celebration of the achievements of “Branches of the Same Tree” his sixth studio album. He said, “I felt that there needed to be a homecoming concert where we can celebrate the achievement, but I didn’t know what God had in store for me. A few days later, we heard of the Grammy nomination and I feel humbled, elated and also thankful.” Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album ‘Branches of The Same Tree’ which could actually win a Grammy was nominated in the ‘Reggae Album of the Year’ category alongside, Barrington Levy, Luciano, Jah Cure and Morgan Heritage for 2016’s Grammy Awards. It also might be possible that the recognition is due to his relationship with Bob Marley’s family and maybe a bit of the talent. Speaking on his relationship, Rocky said, “We’ve been acquaintances and friends and I’ve been involved a lot with the brands doing events with them, I even did a concert in Las Vegas for the House of Marley. It’s spread in positive music.” Rocky Dawuni also hinted of possible collaborations with Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Wiyaala and many other young Ghanaian artistes to use the international recognition he has gained so far to draw attention to them too and . Maybe get some nominations as well, and no i wasn’t talking about the Grammy.
By Antwi Odrey|ghanashowbiz.com