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Rocky Dawuni's Video Tribute To 'Nairobi'

Ghanaian reggae singer Rocky Dawuni returns with an ode to Kenya's capital city and a general call for peace in the video for "Nairobi."


Ghanaian reggae singer Rocky Dawuni comes through with an ode to Kenya's capital city in his latest visuals for "Nairobi," one of the highlights off his Branches Of The Same Tree LP. The new music video, filmed by GoodMakers Films and co-directed by Ethiopian filmmaker Babbi and Cris Blyth, follows Rocky through the East African city as he runs into Kenyan artists and public figures like JulianiKenyan tycoon Chris Kirubi, the Secretary General of the Kenyan Red Cross Dr. Abbas Gullet, PR maven Gina Din and dub poet-musician Oneko Arika, who also features on the track.

Rocky Dawuni explains that "Nairobi" is a tribute to this "beautiful city in the sun" and a call for peace written as a reaction to the 2007-08 national crisis after the presidential elections. For more from the songwriter, revisit our behind-the-scenes gallery at his "African Thriller" shoot and catch him on his upcoming European tour dates (listed underneath). Branches Of The Same Tree is available now from Cumbancha. Watch the music video for "Nairobi," premiering with us today, below.

Rocky Dawuni 2015 Tour Dates

Aug. 28 Copenhagen, DK Loppen

Aug. 30 Reykjavik, IS Gamla Bíó

Sep. 4 Nuuk, Greenland Katuaq

Sep. 9 Cologne, DE Underground Cologne

Sep. 10 Recklinghausen, DE Haltestelle

Sep. 11 London, UK 229

Sep. 12 Aarhus, DK Club V58

Sep. 19 Pasadena, CA Levitt Pavilion

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"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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