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Rocky Dawuni appointed "Ghana's Tourism Ambassador" + show at Hollywood Bowl

The Ministry of Tourism has appointed Ghanaian music star and NAACP Image Award Nominee Rocky Dawuni as "Ghana’s Tourism Ambassador." The ceremonial appointment took effect on April 11th, 2011. In accepting this new role, Dawuni stated, “I am prepared to do my utmost to broadly portray Ghana and its rich heritage through my music, concerts, humanitarian work and appearances worldwide.” The reggae musician has a slew of upcoming European, African and U.S. live dates, including a scheduled guest performance alongside Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae & other global stars backed by The Tonight Show's Ricky Minor Band at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 24, 2011. Check out Rocky Dawuni's website for music and more info.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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