International Afro Roots and Reggae Music Star, Rocky Dawuni has announced the release of his highly anticipated 7th studio album, “Beats of Zion” which follows his Grammy nominated album “Branches of the same Tree”, (Best Reggae Album” in 2016).
The Album will be out on March 8.
On Uniiq Breakfast Drive, Dawuni disclosed that the title track and lead single, ‘Beats of Zion’ will be out on Friday, January 25 on all global music platforms including the video. The song was created from traditional drums from Burundi and different sound from across the African diaspora.
He said the concept of Beast of Zion is a rallying call of action for people of Africa, especially the youth to wake up and take control of their own destiny and create their own world in their own image.
“Zion for me represent the concept of connectivity of all people in harmony. I feel that Africa being the birth place of humanity, this is Zion to me. When I talk of Zion, I talk of Africa and I talk of Ghana,” says Dawuni.
“The concept of Beats of Zion is really a call of action for people to wake up as to their own power and destiny. We are in a time that the youth of Ghana, the Youth of Africa have to wake up and take control of our own destiny and create our own world in our own image. This is not the time for us to wait for somebody else to give us the permission to be great. We have that greatness within us so we have to be great. This is a song to show the whole world the power of Africa.”
He also revealed that, the 7th Album featured B.E.T. award winners Sarkodie and Stoneboy, and Wiyaala, adding that he was very honored to have worked with them.
“I felt like Sarkodie represents the rap in Ghanaian Hip Pop and Hip Life. Stoneboy is a great product of our country and represent Dancehall music. Wiyaala to me also Represents Ghanaian woman, the female power and the African woman. The voice of our mothers and sisters are critical in everything,” he explained.
He advised African musicians to be professional about their work and have the conviction to walk through and embrace every failure as part of the process.
“I think it starts with passion and conviction. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, nobody else will. If you don’t have the conviction to walk through and embrace every failure as part of the process you will not really make it. At the same time people have to be able to work with you. You have to put together the best team and work with the highest quality and level of professionalism. If you have these things guiding you, success is just a matter of time,” he advised.
Story by: Mavis Arthur