Rocky Dawuni’s ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ album released
Creating an appealing ‘Afro-Root’ sound that unites cultures and generations; Ghanaian International Reggae Star, Rocky Dawuni’s much-anticipated 6th album, ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ has been released today, March 31, 2015.
The album being his first on Cumbancha Records, songs on the album connects the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.A.
The album, ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ album is filled with uplifting and irresistible songs which blends inspirations from Rocky’s diverse experiences as well as expanding his identity as an artiste, humanitarian.
Songs on the album includes ‘African Thriller’, ‘Shine a light’, ‘Island Girl’, among others.
Inspired by the soulful beats of Afro-beat legend, Fela Kuti, the positive messages and deep grooves of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, K’naan and Matisyahu; Rocky Dawuni’s songs blend elements of Afro-beat, global pop and reggae into an enticing new sound.
The songs on ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ also reflect influences of New Orleans funk, Brazilian samba, and even the lilting sounds of Hawaiian Ukulele, which seamlessly integrated into a unique and approachable style.
According to Rocky in a press release on Cumbancha.com, “Branches of the Same Tree was inspired by the songs and melodies I have heard over the years during my travels. It contains snippets of my personal observations of various cultures and global musical developments.”
The album’s title reflects Rocky’s belief that recognition of our shared humanity is the key to peaceful coexistence among all peoples of the world;
“When we recognize we are all branches of the same tree we begin to see our common roots,” argues Rocky, “this is the cornerstone of true Oneness.”
The album features appearances by all-star guest musicians including veterans from Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals and Ziggy Marley.
Already a superstar in West Africa with a devoted international fan base, ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ promises to bring Rocky’s music to even wider audiences around the world.
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Rocky Dawuni has received endorsements from including the son of late Reggae legend and global icon, Ziggy Marley, who described him saying, “Rocky’s music is a creative inspiration that has no boundaries.”
The LA Weekly in Los Angeles also describes him as; “Few artists have a more positive vibe than Rocky. His show is an incandescent Afro-Roots dance party.”
The Huffington Post also described Rocky; “His influence has been widespread, working with Bono and Stevie Wonder while his songs are consistently featured in popular American television shows. Rocky is one of the rare African artists to break through to a broad audience.”
As part of efforts to promote the new album, ‘Branches of the same tree’; Rocky Dawuni will embark on a series of international tours in Europe, Canada and USA from early April to the second quarter of September of 2015.
Below are Rocky Dawuni’s detailed tour schedules;
Venues: Hollywood, CA The Grammy Museum & The RFK Center for Human Rights Presents on April 8, 2015.
Tulsa, OK Tulsa Roots Music Bash on April 18, 2015.
Venues: Bradlet, CA Lighting in a Bottle on May 24, 2015.
Aarhus, Denmark at TBA on May 26, 2015
Cologne, Germany at TBA on May 27, 2015
Nuuk, Greenland at TBA on May 28, 2015
Copenhagen, Denmark at TBA on May 31, 2015
See details at cumbancha.com
Venues: Petosky, MI Blissfest on July 12, 2015
Carlsbad, CA TGIF Concerts on July 24, 2015
Venues: Los Angeles, CA Grand Performances on August 1, 2015
New York, NY Lincoln Center on August 13, 2015
Toronto, ON Harbourfront Centre on August 24, 2015
Venue: Pasadena, CA Levitt Pavilion Pasadena on September 19, 2015
Hear a preview of the album below:
Editor’s Note: This piece is an excerpt of a press release on Cumbancha.com