2015 has been an eventful year for Ghana’s International Reggae icon, Rocky Dawuni. The release of Rocky’s sixth album, “Branches of the Same Tree” earlier this year on Cumbancha, widened Dawuni’s international audience. The album highlights Rocky Dawuni’s ability to communicate a universal, uplifting message that crosses borders and has received endorsements from some of Reggae’s most respected voices including the house of marley
http://www.thehouseofmarley.com/blog/music-monday-with-rocky-dawuni/ .”Branches of the same tree” by Rocky Dawuni has been nominated for the Best Reggae Album at the 58th Grammys, coming up against stalwarts like “The Cure” by Jah Cure, “Acousticalevy” by Barrington Levy, “Zion Awake” by Luciano and Strictly Roots by Morgan Heritage http://www.grammy.com/nominees
Rocky Dawuni goes into history as Ghana’s first nomination at the Grammys. As a United Nations Ambassador for the Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves, Rocky was in Ghana, when the country hosted the biennial Clean Cooking Forum in November, 2015. The event was part of a global effort to create a thriving global market for clean energy and to encourage the use of efficient cookstoves and fuels, especially in Ghana, where it is estimated that about 13,700 deaths occur each year as a result of exposure to household air pollution (HAP) from the traditional fire wood cooking stoves.
Rocky Dawuni’s effort to highlight the need to switch to more cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels, to save lives, empower women, improve livelihoods, and ultimately protect the environment, cannot be over emphasized. Perhaps Rocky’s contribution to reduce household air pollution (HAP) and to combat climate change merits his nomination into the Grammys. We congratulate Rocky Dawuni in expectation of the accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States, to recognize his outstanding achievement in the music industry.
Story by: Adokwei Addo