Rocky Dawuni had revolution and regrowth on the mind when he wrote “Champion Arise”. The track comes off his Beats of Zion record, which followed Branches of the Same Tree — his GRAMMY nominated sixth release.
The track shines light away from the musician himself and onto the audience. Smooth and catchy melodies float as Dawuni cheers on the people who will step up and insight change. The passion — as well as the hooks — will stick with you. Blending dancehall, reggae, and afropop, Dawuni knows how to find a groove.
The accompanying video makes visual the ideas of rebuilding. Split between Aburi, Ghana and Malibu, Dawuni chose his location wisely. In Ghana, the ruins of the Tuff Gong Africa Studio, built by Rita Marley in honor of Bob Marley, are the setting. Dawuni had recently taken possession of this space in order to bring it back to life. In Malibu, he shot at Woodshed Studios, parts of which were destroyed in the Malibu fire of 2018. Fire might take away, but through art and powerful message, new life will take root.
“Champion Arise” is a song made of luminescence and power. To hear more from Rocky Dawuni, you can find him on his website, Spotify, and Facebook page. You can also follow him on Twitter for more music and news.