Rocky Dawuni draws from many influences to create his sound, but there’s one thing drawing it all together: his home nation of Ghana. In the clip for “Wickedest Sound,” it doesn’t take long before you see the flag flapping in the breeze. Following that is a string of colourful settings, joyous faces, and hardworking individuals.
“Wickedest Sound” is celebratory off the top. There’s reggae, Highlife, Ghanaian folk, and electropop, cumulating in what Dawuni calls “Afro Roots”. The rhythm, the melody, the lyrics come together like a completed puzzle and work to get you moving. When the vocals layer up, a sense of the grand is created. This is only extrapolated with the addition of Stonebwoy.
The clip for the song, which was created by Slingshot, showcases the city of Accra. By day, the community works hard in the sunshine. When night comes around, the music comes to life. Instruments are pervasive in this video, travelling with the artists to create the danceable tune.
Rocky Dawuni was the first Ghanaian to receive a nomination for a Grammy, and he is continuing to spread his sound with Beats of Zion. To hear more, you can check out the vibrant clip for the title track here. You can also find Rocky Dawuni on his website, Facebook page, Youtube, and on Twitter.