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One of the biggest stars in Africa, Ghana-born singer Rocky Dawuni plays a socially conscious and rootsy brand of reggae that uses late-era Bob Marley as a template. On his sixth album, Dawuni even records Marley’s “Butterfly”—a song that originally never made it past the demo stage—turning it into a polished gem. He also covers Peter Tosh’s classic “Get Up Stand Up,” putting an Afrobeat spin on it with lyrics sung with a Ghanian patois. Strong Dawuni originals include the modern reggae pop of “African Thriller” and the uplifting “Shine a Light.” Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, Michael Franti, and Ben Harper make guest appearances.

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A Perfect Album

This album is filled with great passion. Nairobi and Island Girl are my favorite tracks. He sings like he means it. You can listen to the album straight through.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Reggae's influence and its artists aren't confined or indigenous to Jamaica. Ghanian, Rocky Dawuni, is yet another sterling exception. Touted as the Bob Marley of Ghana, Dawuni debuts in 1996 with the critically acclaimed The Movement, on Mesa/Bluemoon Records. A video of "What Goes Around" got considerable play across the States, climbing to #3 on the Reggae Video Chart, January 1997. A 1998 release, Crusade, on Aquarian/Who Dun It Records, features Dawuni's immense writing, arranging, and producing...
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