Entertainment of Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Grammy Award nominee, Rocky Dawuni has said his nomination is a testament to the musical ingenuity of Ghanaian artistes.
“This shows that Ghanaian music has come of age as a global force to reckon…It’s a testament that all the work we’ve done to bring our music to the world has yielded results”.
Dawuni has been nominated in the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category at the 2016 Grammy Awards for his album ‘Branches of the Same Tree’.
The African Thriller’ singer who on Monday Dec. 7, 2015 became the first Ghanaian to be nominated for the scheme, is competing with Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, and Luciano.
An excited and content Dawuni told Bola Ray and Anita Erskine on the Starr Drive on Starr 103.5FM “I didn’t get there just by myself I was inspired by a lot of Ghanaian musicians whose work became an embodiment of who I am now.”
Referring to highlife and hiplife musicians he grew up listening to, Dawuni said, “this award is to honour all the work that they have done and continue to do.
“It’s a good day for Ghana and Ghanaian music.”
He added, “I never made records for awards…but then again I knew that at some point people who discern and value good work are going to recognize you.”
Rocky Dawuni told Anita he would be attending the awards ceremony with his daughter and some members of his record label.
“My daughter had already told her classmates she wanted her Daddy to make it to the Grammys so she could attend so she has already booked one of the [three] tickets. And then some folks from my record label.”