“I am inspired by Fela Kuti,” says international music star Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni straddles the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S., so it’s no surprise his latest offering “Branches of the Same Tree” has an appealing sound. His sixth album, and first with the record label Cumbancha, it’s an album the Ghanaian artist says is inspired by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti and the positive messages of Bob Marley.

Rockys cover album

The album which releases worldwide on March 31st juxtaposes several musical genres that include reggae and pop and features a lineup of guest musicians, including veterans from Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals and Ziggy Marley.


“When we recognize we are all branches of the same tree we begin to see our common roots. This is the cornerstone of true Oneness,” Rocky shares. Rocky who has performed and collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Janelle Monae and John Legend was named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment industry specialist and contributes to Trendy Africa Magazine from Los Angeles.


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