Ghanaian artist and NAACP Image Award nominee Rocky Dawuni won the "Best African Artist" on Saturday night May 28, at the 30th Anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Trinidad.
Dawuni was nominated for IRAWMAs in the 'Best Album' and 'Best African Artist' categories. He performed on the night singing One Love with Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Tony Rebel, Machel Montano and inter alia.
Dawuni, who was recently appointed by Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism as their Tourism Ambassador, has been praised for his success in music both at home and abroad and for his ongoing positive projection of Ghana in his concerts.
“The arts, especially music, can not only bring tourists to Ghana, but create an appreciation for the rich Ghanaian culture outside of Ghana. I am prepared to do my utmost to broadly portray Ghana and its rich heritage through my music, concerts, humanitarian work and appearances worldwide,” explained the new ambassador.
Dawuni’s musical collaborations include those with U2 frontman, Bono on Bob Marley’s War, No More Trouble and with Blues legend Keb Mo on Peter Gabriel’s Biko, which were both featured on the 2009 Billboard Top 20 Album Playing For Change – Songs Around the World.
His critically acclaimed current album, Hymns For the Rebel Soul, was nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award for 'Outstanding World Music Album'.
The ceremony, which is dedicated to celebrating the worldwide achievements of Caribbean and World Music artists, was attended by Machel Montano HD, Shaggy, Taurus Riley, Macka Diamond, Queen Ifrica, Denise ‘Saucy Wow’ Belfon, St Maarten’s The Mighty Dow, and the great Freddie McGregor.
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