Ghanaian songwriter, singer and Grammy Award nominee, Rocky Dawuni is calling on Ghanaian musicians to infuse more live band in their stage performances.
Rocky who shared stages with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Peter Brian Gabriel, Bonel, Janelle Monáe and John Legend among many others noted there is the need for Ghanaian industry to amplify live music because it is lacking.
Speaking in an interview with Justice Badu on Joy News, he noted that Ghana can serve as the hub of great live band music in the world if only it is taken seriously. He also believes that Ghanaian musicians have what it takes to make this a reality.
“I think its more alive than it’s been. We have the dancehall dimension of reggae with artistes like Samini, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Iwan, Episode and a lot of great artistes that are coming out right now and are doing extremely well. Also, it was reggae music that really got us our first Grammy as a country, that’s a historical fact.
“Reggae music was inspired by Ghanaian elements and even when you look at my album it has elements of highlife. When you are a musician you are not limited by genre you should be limited by influence and inspiration. I think that Ghanaian music is at a very good spot right now, our music is being heard beyond our borders more and more. Our music is impacting in so many different ways. We are part of the global conversation when it comes to music and I think it is very healthy now,” he said.
Also, Rocky Dawuni was asked to share his thought on the current state of reggae music in Ghana and this was what he had to say;
“What is missing is the live element. I think that Ghana was always known as the place where music was vibrant so we need more clubs that are programming live music and we need more of these artistes not only playing once in a while but playing every weekend. We should try and make Ghana the capital of live music because that is also something that could be a great attraction for the rest of the world to come in not only experience Ghanaian culture but to come and experience the diverse dimensions of Ghanaian artistry that could be a great way to rebrand our country. Some of us too have done a lot outside and now to we feel the need to come back home and be part of the scene to help generate the scene and all the ideas that we brought to also nurture make the scene much stronger. The scene is only going to get stronger with some of us and the new efforts that we are about to implement.”, Rocky Dawuni told Joy News.