Afrozons celebrates African GRAMMY nominees Rocky Dawuni, Tobe Nwigwe, Eddy Kenzo, Nomcebo Zikode, Angelique Kidjo & more at the AfroZon Pre-GRAMMY Celebration Party on Saturday, February 4, from 2 pm – 6 pm at Habor House in Downtown Los Angeles.
Afrozons founder Sheila O recently played host to Nigerian-born American-based rapper Tobe Nwigwe and Ghanaian musician-activist Rocky Dawuni in Lagos, Nigeria, to celebrate the first leg of the Afrozons Pre-Grammy Celebration.
Nwigwe, who also doubles as an actor, has been nominated for Best New Artist, with Rocky Dawuni being nominated for Best Global Music Performance for his single, Neva Bow Down featuring Jamaica’s Blvk H3ro.
Dawuni, who has received his 3rd GRAMMY nomination, said, “African music, right now, is impacting the world. It has always impacted the world. But the world never acknowledged it because you only have to look at popular music, and you will know that the influences were more of a cultural conversation between the motherland and the Diaspora. But now, with the power of the internet, we have seen our music circumvent many of the traditional gatekeepers who used to define the African sound. I believe this is a new chapter in African music.”
Rocky Dawuni’s signature Afro Roots style is a musical genre that reflects modern Africa. It is built upon the foundation of using cultural styles and integrating current innovations to create conscious music that is inspiring, soul-stirring and danceable. As a dedicated activist, Rocky has been a leading voice for social and environmental transformation. He currently serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa, amongst other designations.
Lord Forgive Me rapper Tobe Nwigwe spoke alongside his wife and fellow musician Fat Nwigwe about his GRAMMY nomination.
He said: “For me, it’s surprisingly overwhelming that they would have the audacity to nominate an independent artiste like me, especially in this category. I was shocked, but it was a good surprise. We are just extremely happy to be in this position.”
GRAMMY nominees, including Burna Boy, Eddy Kenzo and others, will be attending the event in Los Angeles on February 4, graciously supported by Ayeya, Star Beer, Black Music Collective and Afro Funke.
(Source Cary Sullivan)