GRAMMY nominated musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl. Influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti and the positive messages of Bob Marley – Rocky Dawuni’s infectious, sing-along sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, (Cumbancha) was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” (2015) featuring the Afro Dancehall mashup “African Thriller”and its striking accompanying video. “Branches” continues to bring him an even wider international audience with the release of his “Shine A Light” video which is a welcome bit of joy in these troubled times. Reflecting his maturity as an artist, the album highlights Dawuni’s ability to communicate a universal, uplifting message that crosses borders and reaches out to the hearts of millions.
The Afrolicious sound is eclectic, electric, and funky. It relentlessly grabs hold of the audience and pulls them onto the dance floor. Mixing African, Latin, and percussive rhythms with electronic breaks, club beat, sand heavy bass drops, an Afrolicious show is a non-stop dancing frenzy. Whether touring as DJs, a sound system with live percussion or as a full 6 piece band, Afrolicious has established a legendary reputation across the U.S. from their home in San Francisco, CA. With recordings on ESL Music produced by Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza, their sound is known among industry tastemakers and fans around the globe. Afrolicious has performed at storied venues and festivals such as Red Rocks, High Sierra Music Festival, Bottle Rock Napa, The Fillmore San Francisco, Stern Grove Music Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Guitarfish Music Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, SXSW, Wakarura, Burning Man, Redwood Mountain Faire, Firefly Gathering, Mountain Sol Music Festival, Hangtown Music Festival, and For the Funk of It, among many, many others.
Glenn Red (Afro Funke’ / La Junta )