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Rocky Dawuni in Concert

KCRW, Afro Funke Live & Fowler Museum at UCLA present Rocky Dawuni acoustic performance celebrating the opening of an exhibition at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History of “El Anatsui: Gawu.”

Thursday, April 19, 2007
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1301 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Thursday evenings at Zanzibar in Santa Monica features African music -- Afro Funke Thursdays @ Zanzibar.  On Thursday, April 19 musician Rocky Dawuni performs, plus DJ Jeremy Sole’s Musaics.

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Fresh off the historic success of the 7th annual  “Rocky Dawuni Independence Splash” Rocky Dawuni returns to Los Angeles for an acoustic performance presented by KCRW, Fowler Museum at UCLA and Afro Funke’ Live at Zanzibar on Thursday April 19, 2007 to celebrate the opening of El Anatsui’s “Gawu.”

Africa Live! in association with UNICEF presented “Rocky Dawuni’s Independence Splash 2007” on March 6, 2007 at La Pleasure Beach in Accra, Ghana in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Ghanaian Independence. The concert was headlined by Ghana’s international superstar, Rocky Dawuni, supported by 2006 MOBO Award winner Batman Samini, griot sensation King Ayisoba and Hip life star Tic Tac and attracted an estimated audience of over 50,000 people from all around the world as well as global media and personalities including the President of the World Bank. It was a day of  remarkable performances and the musical highlight of Ghana’s milestone celebrations.

Rocky Dawuni, is one of West Africa’s most popular musicians whose live performances have often been called legendary and whose popularity spans the globe. He is currently blazing new paths with his CD “Book of Changes,” a progressive fusion of Reggae, Afro Beat, traditional African sounds, and Hip Hop neo-griotism which has been dubbed “infectious” and “a classic” by tastemakers.

“Rocky Dawuni is one of Africa’s leading musical voices.”  DJ Nnamdi Moweta, Radio Afrodicia.

Originally from Ghana but living in Nigeria since 1975,  El Anatsui is one of Africa's most influential artists, recently named by Britain's The Independent as one of the fifty greatest cultural figures shaping the continent. His work dwells on the continent's history, drawing simultaneously on traditional African idioms and contemporary western art. This exhibition includes eight large-scale works that make use of large quantities of discarded everyday objects such as bottle tops, flattened food tins, and cassava graters woven together to create magnificent sculptural 'tapestries,' which recall the Ghanaian tradition of weaving kente cloth. El Anatsui “Gawu” will be at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from April 22 to August 26, 2007.

On Thursday April 19, share an evening with  two of Ghana’s musical and artistic icons – Rocky Dawuni & El Anatsui.

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Cost : $10

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Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA, KCRW, Afro Funke Live. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.

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