Rocky Dawuni’s brand new video “Woara” explores the foundations of Ghanaian Highlife music which forms part of the basis of his signature “Afro Roots” sound. The style of “Woara” is anchored in the Palm Wine variant of Highlife which was popularized by artists such as the legendary Koo Nimo. The track features Highlife guitar great, Ackah Blay and Ghanaian beat maker Wei Ye Oteng. “Woara” is the third video off of Rocky Dawuni’s critically acclaimed EP “Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1” which has been submitted to the Global Music category for GRAMMY consideration.
“Woara” which means “you or it’s you” is sung in the local Akan dialect of Twi. It is a love song that uses its call and response style to express the beauty and triumph of being in love. In a time when many people around the world are dealing with challenging circumstances, a simple feel-good song about love is what we all need to uplift our spirits.
The stunning video for “Woara” was shot by long time collaborator Slinghot at the exquisite Villa Terranga which is located on the western edge of the capital city of Accra over-looking Bojo Beach. The picturesque setting of the Weija River serves as backdrop to the love story of the song. Rocky uses this opportunity to highlight the importance of promoting the natural environment and clean water sources. The video also showcases traditional African beauty concepts and natural lifestyles which is supported by Global African beauty brand, Alaffia. Rocky’s elegant clothing for the video shoot was designed by Ghanaian cutting edge fashion brand Black & Phamous. The video was co-produced by Cary Sullivan and Elorm Beenie.
Tying in to Rocky’s aims of promoting culture as well as protecting the natural environment, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa just returned to Ghana from an amazing trip to Costa Rica where he joined the UNFPA and the Government of Costa Rica for the inaugural “International Day of People of African Descent.” Costa Rica was the first country to host the celebrations after the commemoration of the day was adopted by the United Nations in 2020. The holiday, as stated by the UN, promotes “the extraordinary contributions of the African Diaspora around the world and seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.”
Rocky performed at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) in San Jose (where he was joined by Jason Tamba & Mermans Mosengo of Playing for Change) in San Jose for invited dignitaries including President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and Vice Presient Epsy Campbell Bar. He also spoke and participated in the 3-day forum that coincided with the event. Rocky was joined by a delegation from Ghana including the Akwamuhene, Odenehu Kwarfo Akoto III and the Deputy Minister of Culture & Tourism, Mark Okraku Mantey who participated in a ceremony in the Caribbean coastal town of Cahuita which commemorated the abolition of transatlantic slave trafficking. Costa Rica is known for its very progressive environmental policy and all of the Ghanaian visitors marveled at the pristine rainforests, their promotion of organic farming as well as a strong focus on sustainable solutions to plastic polution. Rocky is working hard to see the same focus on the environment in his beloved Ghana, Africa and the world!
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