“African Thriller”, the first single from Rocky Dawuni‘s 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.”
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 Kuti, David Bowie, Thievery Corporation and Quantic among others. Watch the video here.
All details including prizes, rules, submission guidelines and deadlines can be found con the contest’s page here.
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.
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
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“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 iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Cumbancha’s webstore and other online outlets.
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