Rocky Dawuni’s “Beats of Zion” album gets new video

Ghanaian Grammy star, Rocky Dawuni, has shared a new video. Directed by Jon Riera and Casey Bridges, the clip accompanies the uplifting “Champion Arise,” taken off “Beats of Zion”...
Rocky Dawuni. IMAGE: Roberto Kozek

Ghanaian Grammy star, Rocky Dawuni, has shared a new video. Directed by Jon Riera and Casey Bridges, the clip accompanies the uplifting “Champion Arise,” taken off “Beats of Zion” (Six Degrees), his well-received last album, has received a new video.

Visuals for the song were shot on location in Aburi, Ghana and Malibu, CA. Per the musician, an “Afro Roots” innovator and activist, the video’s goal was “to capture visuals that were real, intimate, uplifting, joyful yet mystical at the same time and present them as metaphors to communicate a concept of renewal, rebirth and victory after destruction and defeat.”

Rooted in Africa: Dawuni serves global reminder on ‘Beats of Zion

He continues: “In Ghana, we settled on a location in the compound housing the ruins of the iconic Tuff Gong Africa Studio, built by Rita Marley in honour of Bob Marley that got tragically destroyed in a fire in 2010 after its completion. I had recently taken possession of this place with a new vision to bring it back to life. The story of this studio and my current efforts to revitalize and rebuild it back from the ashes into a new centre of music and youth culture captures the unspoken moral of video.”

Thematically, Dawuni believes that the record “carries a timely message of hope, revival and empowerment at a moment when the whole world is undergoing a crisis of disruption and uncertainty in joyfully celebrating the resilient power of the human spirit to overcome the most adverse challenge.”

Stream “Beats of Zion,” whose guests include Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and Wiyaala here.

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