Rocky Dawuni | Hymns For The Rebel Soul

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Hymns For The Rebel Soul

by Rocky Dawuni

This 5th album was written in various countries around the world and then recorded during the 2010 US elections in Los Angeles. The songs reflect a trully melodic and global representation of Reggae Music.
Genre: Reggae: Reggae rock
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1. Download The Revolution
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4:41 album only
2. African Reggae Fever
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4:29 album only
3. Extraordinary Woman
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5:03 album only
4. Walls Tumblin Down
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4:32 album only
5. Master Plan
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4:45 album only
6. Road to Destiny
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5:10 album only
7. Freefall
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4:14 album only
8. Jerusalem
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4:39 album only
9. Walk the Talk
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4:54 album only
10. Heads Up High
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3:54 album only
11. Take it Slow (love love love)
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4:11 album only


Album Notes

Rocky Dawuni - Hymns For The Rebel Soul
"Afro Roots Music 4 Global Consciousness" states the inner cover of this CD, and I suppose that's about as good a description as you're likely to find for its tasty blending of roots reggae with African tradition, pop, soul and hip hop. Rocky Dawuni is from Ghana but Hymns for the Rebel Soul was recorded mainly in Los Angeles (plus one track in his homeland, one in Israel and one in Finland, which I guess partially accounts for the "global" portion of that opening quote), and his voice and overall sound remind me at times of the reggae side of late Nigerian great Sonny Okosun. Dawuni doesn't come across quite like anyone else, though. The way the opening "Download the Revolution" hits your ears in conscious, topical and humorous style all at once is proof of that, and it's not the only track here that'll get deep into you. "Extraordinary Woman" is just the sort of song that reggae-shy radio programmers ought to get an earful of, "Master Plan" churns like a less caustic take on Afrobeat, "Freefall" and "Heads Up High" pit Dawuni's impressive falsetto against stinging, swinging arrangements to the benefit of all, and the absolutely gorgeous "Jerusalem" blends reggae riddim, Hebrew modality and unifying lyrics that add up to a piece of music every bit as anthemic as the Alpha Blondy song of the same name. The year is still young, but Hymns for the Rebel Soul already looks likely to take the prize for 2010's high point in African reggae. Get it without hesitation. -Tom Orr
Aquarian Records


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