African Thriller Remix Contest | Rocky Dawuni

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“African Thriller”, the first single from Rocky Dawunis forthcoming Branches of the Same Tree(out March 17th, 2015) embodies a unique and accessible “Afro-Roots” sound: a sumptuously funky blend of soul, pop, Afrobeat and reggae grooves. With his internationally recognized charisma and reputation as a dedicated activist, Rocky is a galvanizing performer and now he wants you to remix his celebratory track!

 

The “African Thriller Remix Contest” is your opportunity to express yourself through Rocky Dawuni’s music in whatever genre of your choosing. All are encouraged to enter and winners will be selected directly by Rocky. Be as creative as you can and transform Rocky’s music!

In his own words: “My song ‘African Thriller’ represents a cultural fusion of musical styles and challenging boundaries. I believe it lends itself to exciting and interesting sonic interpretations.

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This month, the electrifying video for “African Thriller” features DJ and Producer Jeremey Sole‘s remixed version of the song. Sole, an acclaimed host on Los Angeles’ taste-defining radio station KCRW has previously remixed tracks for Femi KutiDavid BowieThievery Corporation and Quantic among others. Watch the video here.

Full downloadable stems of “African Thriller” can be downloaded directly here. And are available on Cumbancha’s Soundcloud page here.

All details including prizes, rules, submission guidelines and deadlines can be found con the contest’s page here.

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Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner’s track will be promoted through the artist’s and label’s social media and the winner will receive The House of Marley’s lux Bamboo Get Together Bluetooth ® Portable Audio Systemas well as a signed, limited-edition vinyl copy of Rocky’s new album Branches of the Same Tree. Two Runner Ups will receive the stylish Liberate On-Ear Headphones also from The House of Marley.

 

Contest Dates:

December 8, 2014- Remix Contest begins

February 8, 2015 - Remix Contest closes (all submissions must be made before midnight EST)

March 17, 2015 – Branches of Same Tree album release date + Remix Contest winner is announced

 

More on African Thriller

African Thriller” is the first single from Rocky Dawuni’s forthcoming album Branches of the Same Tree,to be released by Cumbancha in March 2015. The single is currently available on iTunesAmazonSpotifyCumbancha’s webstore and other online outlets.

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Rocky Dawuni is a musician and humanitarian activist from Ghana, West Africa. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, his recordings and thrilling live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts around the world at top festivals and prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Dawuni has collaborated and performed with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others.

Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a passionate spokesperson for various global causes. He has joined forces with Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center and the UN Foundation. In 2012, Dawuni was appointed the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador of Ghana and World Ambassador for the Musicians Union of Ghana. The same year, he was named a United Nations Foundation Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, alongside actress Julia Roberts and chef José Andrés.

Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, promises to bring him an even wider international audience. Influenced by the soulful beats of Afrobeat 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 straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.

 

Artist website: www.rockydawuni.com

Artist Facebook: www.facebook.com/RockyDawuni

Artist Twitter: twitter.com/RockyDawuni

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ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #5 Singapore

Our last and final stop on the tour was Singapore! Set to play at Gem Bar with Darren Dubwise, we were excited to see if the last city could be as amazing as all the rest. Indeed it was…

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First order of business is always EATS!DSC07035 DSC07068 DSC07069And second of course is to par-tay.

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Photos courtesy of Gem Bar:

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And thanks to my homegirl Masia One for coming through and accepting me forcing her on the mic!

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Our final day, we took to the streets! We had an interview with Ziggy Magazine which is coming out soon, visited my fav record store and got treated to an delicious meal at Phuck – the head chef made us a vegan entree separate from the menu, we appreciated it!

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And that’s a wrap folks! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to dance, all the venues and promoters and of course – our family at House of Marley for making it all happen! Til’ next year!

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ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #4 Manila

Fourth stop on the tour was Manila, Philippines! Another first time for both me and MeLo-X, we had no idea what to expect. Turns out, Manila TURNS UP. We only had 24 hours in the city, and we certainly made the most of it. Not to mention, it was Halloween night… Read on!

Never gets old…

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First order of business, vintage shopping! Angelo and Eric (Black Market) took us to what is considered the “Williamsburg” of Manila. A cozy two block area filled with local shops all run by young creatives. Look out for the guys new vinyl store opening soon!

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Next it was time to get ready for the party! Luckily our hosts Anna and Eric had extra masks for us, since we didn’t pack anything close to a Halloween costume.

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Anna’s costume was hands down the best. We watched the process of her make up getting done, it was a movie set!

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Besides Bali, the party at Black Market was the craziest. At one point we both jumped on top of the DJ booth, sweated off our Halloween masks and had choreography poppin’ like we were opening for Bey!

Photos courtesy of Black Market:

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And check out the video recap:

Manila, you crazy little thing you! Hope to be back soon, but for now it’s off to Singapore!

ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #3 Bali

The third stop on our World Tour #AsiaEdition was Bali, Indonesia. A special stop for Jasmine being that her father is from Java, Indonesia. We had a few days there, which worked in our favor. Thus our adventure begins…

Pretty much the best greeting ever, although why not “Mrs.”?!

EPBaliIntroOur hotel, TS Suites was just above the nightclub and to describe it as luxurious would be an understatement…

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It was time to explore! Not only did Jasmine’s uncle and cousin meet up with us, but so did our long time friend Madeleine who happened to be in Hong Kong at the time. It was truly a family affair. We spent the day visiting Uluwatu Temple, eating a ton of Nasi Goreng and taking in the sights (and heat).

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Despite the look on his face, MeLo was very happy with this natural flower crown.

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Madeleine trying the local fruit, which was delicious…

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The next day it was time for our big show at Jenja! This venue was one of the nicest we’ve seen worldwide. The party was strictly hip-hop, r&b and reggae and we learned it was the only one of its kind on the island. Perfect!

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Don’t get it twisted either, Jasmine’s family stayed until the lights came on! ;)

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Extra photos courtesy of Bali Tonight:

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Our final day in Bali included some much needed R&R at TS Suites infinity pool, a coffee / juice visit to Whale and Co. and some last minute shopping at only the best stores…

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Bali, you were but a dream.

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ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #2 Seoul

Our second stop on our World Tour #AsiaEdition was Seoul, South Korea. We were booked to DJ at Cakeshop, a venue we had heard about for quite some time. Cakeshop’s reputation is strong in Brooklyn – many of our talented friends have performed there. And it was our first time in South Korea, so we were beyond stoked!

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Did we mention Jasmine’s “World Tour” nails…

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Before we headed to our gig, Nevin (Cakeshop) took us to eat at his favorite street spot. The woman cooking the food looked like your favorite grandma preparing an age old recipe, destined for deliciousness…

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Sam, Nevin, MeLo-X, Jasmine

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Whether it’s smart or not, we always seem to head to our gigs on a full belly! It was time to DJ!

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Signing our poster for the Wall of Fame!

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Quick outfit change with Jisun into Community 54‘s new collabo Cakeshop tee! (mostly because our original shirts were destroyed in sweat)

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You can imagine how late we slept the following day. Between the jet lag, back to back flights and gigs – we woke up when it was dark out. Never the less, we were ready to head out on the town and explore!

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Ironically enough, our House Party fellow DJ and friend Just Blaze was DJing in town as well! We headed over to the RBMA Event to say hello…

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We stopped at a vintage store that sold Nisus Hotel, a Japanese line we modeled for a year ago!

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Speaking of modeling…

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We even found our poster in the streets!

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Overall Seoul was fantastic. Our Cakeshop fam took great care of us and the party people will never be forgotten. Next stop, the exotic and beautiful Bali, Indonesia!

ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #1 Shanghai

It’s that time again! We pack our bags and hop on a 15 hour flight to somewhere in the world, so far from our home of NYC that today is already tomorrow. That’s right, our new annual tradition of WORLD TOURING. This year, it’s the #AsiaEdition. We strapped on our House of Marley backpacks and made our way overseas!

Our first stop was Shanghai, China!

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The weather at this time of year in China is perfect, sunny and 70 degrees. We hopped in a cab and headed downtown towards to our hotel.

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One of the owners of The Shelter (the club we performed at) brought us to eat first at his restaurant, The Grumpy Pig. This place is a MUST visit for anyone passing through Shanghai. I’m crossing my fingers hoping they open one up in Brooklyn! I mean, who thinks of a BLT steamed bun sandwich!

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Did I mention it’s a store / restaurant?!

DSC06552 DSC06553 Next it was time to head to The Shelter! Even though China is still very traditional politically, the nightlife scene is vibrant and wild. At least from what we saw. The venue we played at was actually a bomb shelter, complete with a long tunnel and secret back rooms. Perfect for raves and bashment parties like ours :)

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Our first night certainly started with a bang. We left drenched in sweat and on a high (which drowned out the jet lag, thank god). It was off to sleep for only a few hours before we flew to our second stop… Seoul, South Korea!

Noisey Jamaica II: Episode 4

In episode 4 of Noisey Jamaica 2, we link up with some of the best new Jamaican artists from Jon Bakers Gee Jam Studios. Noisey links up with Chris Blackwell (Island Records Founder), and we also get introduced to some Major Lazer affiliates.