ARE YOU GONNA PRETEND NANA BENYIN WASN’T NOMINATED AT THE GRAMMYS – Hammer Slams Ghanaians

Legendary music producer and sound engineer, Da Hammer has slammed Ghana media for ignoring US-based Ghanaian music producer, Nana Benyin aka Nabeyin despite being nominated at the 64th Grammys.

In a long write-up on his Instagram page, Da Hammer registered his displeasure over the way Ghanaians have completely pretended Reggae musician, Rocky Dawuni is the only artiste from Ghana who was nominated in the Grammys this year.

Da Hammer pointed to the fact that Nabeyin worked on Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ album and also produced songs for other American stars but the media failed to throw light on his achievements.

Sharing a photo of Rocky Dawuni and Nana Benyin posed together at the Grammys on his IG page, he wrote;

“Are we just gonna pretend Rocky was the only Ghanaian nominee at the Grammy’s?

Are we gonna act like Nana Benyin aka Nabeyin wasn’t nominated for a Grammy for the 2nd time this year as well?

Are we gonna pretend a Ghanaian producer wasn’t on the iconic Donda album by Kanye West?
Can’t find a single blog or Ghanaian website headlining Nabeyin’s involvement in the Grammys and that’s a shame… especially when that’s exactly the kind of story our young artists and producers need to be reading for inspiration… for them to know that it’s actually possible, that u can come from humble beginnings and end up on a Kanye West album as a major contributor.

That you can end up in the same room with the greatest who ever did it, on music’s biggest night.
I know bloggers naturally post deeds of already famous ppl to attract readers to their websites but surely it must be your civic duty to inform us about Ghana related issues that are oblivious to us as well… issues that can uplift a lot of our ppl with inferiority complex and low self esteem.

Just because Nabeyin isn’t a loud mouth doesn’t mean his achievements should be overlooked. Otherwise what’s the point of a blog, really.

Nabeyin is out there putting in work with Credits ranging from Kanye West, Drake, Nas, The Game, Miguel, Reason, Dave East, Nav, Boogie, G Perico etc… while our boys are here thinking these artist are out of reach.
let’s claim our own and use him to inspire our young ones pls.
Ghana bloggers please the young boy in konongo needs to read about this… as well as the youth in Nabeyin’s hometown of Apam.

the defense rests

 

 

 

 

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“I FEEL INSPIRED WHENEVER I’M ADDRESSED AS A TWO TIME GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTISTE” – Rocky Dawuni

Legendary Ghanaian musician, Rocky Dawuni has spoken out about how he feels inspired to be called “a two-time Grammy-nominated” artiste.

He made this clear in an interview with award-winning blogger Ameyaw Debrah, who published it on her blog.

In a recent interview, Ameya Debrah asked him to express his sentiments when people refer to him as a Grammy-nominated singer. In an interview, Rocky Dawuni admitted that the phrase was a mouthful for him.

However, he explained that as a musician who works hard and is always looking for people to embrace his music, and who has a global platform with a diverse group of people, achieving a high level of excellence in your work allows you to feel inspired, validated and to enjoy the moment.

Rocky Dawuni was recognized one of the most outstanding Global Albums of the year by The Grammy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles in 2022. As a result of his 2020 EP, the Voice Of BunBon, Volume 1, Rocky Dawuni has been nominated for this coveted prize in the music industry.

This is the reggae artist’s second Grammy nomination, after his first, which was for the album Branches Of The Same Tree, which was received in 2015.

MUSICIANS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN POLITICIANS – Rocky Dawuni

Reggae and roots musician Rocky Dawuni, from Ghana, has said that musicians and record producers are much more important than politicians in terms of public perception.

According to the two-time Grammy Award nominee, speaking with Y 107.9 FM’s Kojo Manuel on the “Dryve of your Lyfe” program, politicians are temporary persons in people’s life, whereas artists are the “heartbeat of the people.”

Musical artists are more essential than politicians, for the simple reason that musicians are the beating heart of the populace. Musicians tell the narrative of our people to others who are not familiar with it. The political class is only here for four years and then they’re gone, while artists’ music will last forever,” he said.

According to Rocky Dawuni, who went on to describe artists as “investments for the future” and politicians as “temporal investments,” his views were further validated.

Rocky Dawuni appealed on Ghanaians to show appreciation for the country’s musicians and record producers, as well as to patronize their work in order to support them and the country as a whole.

FORCING PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL TO TAKE AN EXPERIMENTAL SUBSTANCE IS A VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHT – Rocky Dawuni

Celebrated Ghanaian Reggae musician, Rocky Dawuni declared his stance on the mandatory vaccination imposed by the government through the health ministry following the surge in new COVID-19 variant, Omicron cases in Ghana.

The government issued a directive for all citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as parts of measures to curb infections and the spread of the virus.

They reportedly stated that persons who have not vaccinated and don’t have the card to show that they have not been vaccinated will be denied access to travel outside the country.

Reacting to this, Rocky Dawuni asserted that the idea that you will force people against their will to take an experimental substance is a violation of their basic human right and an affront to every principle of democracy.

Rocky Dawuni in a post on his Instagram page pointed out that we did not fight for our independence only to hand it to the bidding of new economic masters.

According to the two-time Grammy nominee, the slippery slope of global tyranny and fascism are not obvious when fear is used as an instrument of complicity.

 

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SHOW US THE WAY TO GRAMMY’ – Wendy Shay Begs Rocky Dawuni

Popular Ghanaian songstress, Wendy Shay has put her ego and pride and aside and in humility extended a letter to legendary Reggae musician, Rocky Dawuni following his second Grammy nomination.

Wendy Shay reckons that Rocky Dawuni’s has a successful career and is well-recognized internationally, thus she admits Rocky has the key to getting nominated on the world’s biggest music awards scheme.

In a recent tweet the Rufftown Records signee made, she believes that getting nominated is not only hinged on application but connection and on behalf of her colleagues, she has appealed to Rocky Dawuni to show them the pathway to getting a Grammy nomination.

In a tweet on November 29, 2021, Wendy Shay wrote “Chairman @RockyDawuni Show us the Grammy way cos connection dey pass application”.

 

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CHAIRMAN IS QUICK TO REMOVE CREDIT FROM ME’ – Stonebwoy Subtly Jabs Rocky Dawuni Over Grammy Nomination?

Award-winning Ghanaian dancehall artist Livingstone Etse Satekla expertly referred to as Stonebwoy has taken a swipe at those doubting his Grammy nomination.

Rocky Dawuni following the announcement that he has been nominated in the 64th Grammy Awards has an interview with Citi TV and he said it was wrong for any musician including Stonebwoy to claim that they have been nominated for the Grammys because he or she featured on an album that got nominated.

According to the ‘In Ghana’ star, it doesn’t work that way and he urged anyone who thought otherwise to verify from the official website of the Grammy Awards.

All these came on the back of Stomebwoy claiming to have had three nominations because be featured on works that are nominated.

Meanwhile, in what appeared as an indirect jab at Rocky Dawuni, Stonewboys blurted that Rocky Dawuni is quick to remove credit from a young kid like him although he did not mention his name.

In a post on his Snapchat story on November 28th, 2021, Stonebwoy claims he is aware of Rocky Dawuni and others who remove credit. He thought they had turned a new leaf but they are still the same.

“ Chairman is so quick to remove credit on a kid! We know them oo. But we think say them change o chai them never change.”

ROCKY DAWUNI MAKES GHANA PROUD AS HE BAGS SECOND GRAMMY NOMINATION

Legendary Ghanaian Reggae musician, Rocky Dawuni has chalked another resounding milestone in his music career as he has been nominated in the Grammys for the second time.

In 2016, Rocky Dawuni got nominated for the ‘Best Reggae Album’ and this time he in the radar of the Recording Academy as his works has earned him a nomination spot in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category.

Other nominees include Femi Kuti, Angeligue Kidjo, Wizkid and others.

This is a good feat for the Ghana music industry and the Recording Academy took to their official Twitter page to congratulate Rocky Dawuni and the other nominees for making it into the 64th edition of the Grammys.

 

Photos: GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 RED CARPET

Selina Gomez and Taylor Swift
Selina Gomez and Taylor Swift

A-List celebrities mostly musicians stepped out in star-studded style for music’s biggest night of the year.

The biggest stars in music all over the world turned up for the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night February 15 2016.

The 58th annual ceremony honored the best in the music industry, so it isn’t surprising that tons of celebrities were on the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With nominees like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ghana’s own Reggae super star Rocky Dawuni and more, stars were everywhere you looked, and of course, they took the opportunity to make some bold statements with their fashion.

The 58th Grammy Awards aired on Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. EST live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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CELEBS CONGRATULATE ROCKY DAWUNI FOR HIS GRAMMY NOMINATION

Rocky Dawuni
Rocky Dawuni

The Grammy Awards announced its nominees for the 2016 edition yesterday Monday December 7, 2015 and Ghana’s own Rocky Dawuni’s Branches of the Same Tree album made it in the Best Reggae Album category.

The international Reggae icon is currently trending on both mainstream media and social media, and some Ghanaians celebrities have taken to social media to congratulate him.

Checkout few celebrities and what they had to tell Rocky:

Jayso: Congratulations @RockyDawuni !!! … You more than deserve it.

Kwame Yeboah: Congratulations brother, I’m so proud of you

Obrafour: Congrats @RockyDawuni for your @TheGRAMMYs nomination. #GHtoTheWorld

Stonebwoy: GRAMMYs! GRAMMYs!! Rocky Dawuni Nominated For Best Reggae Album  @58th GRAMMYs

Wiyaala: Wow! Our Ghanaian brother @rockydawuni is the first ever Ghanaian musician to be nominated for a #Grammy!

M.anifest: Congrats to Rocky @RockyDawuni on his Grammy nomination for best Reggae Album. Ghana applaud your own. Vim.

AccraDotAlt: The Ghanaian media rarely supported @RockyDawuni.Now that he’s been nominated for a Grammy,  every outlet is shamelessly  posting abt him.Really bizarre how over-funded media outlets in #Ghana w8 for Intl media to tell them what’s  cool in their own country. #rockydawuni

X.O Senavoe: Congratulations to @RockyDawuni on his Grammy nom for best reggae album. Way to make Africa and Ghana proud.

Lydia Forson: Congratulations Rocky Dawuni on your Grammy Nomination.. #TheYearOfTheUnderDog #WorkHardInSilence #LetYourSuccesTalk

Jon Germain: @RockyDawuni congratulations bro.. Its happened.. GRAMMY Nomination.. Wow..

David Oscar: Finally!!! It’s here……a grammy nomination for

Iwan: Congratulations For the Making Us Proud. Rocky Dawuni .. ‪#‎GrammyAwards.. We Love You ..

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#HISTORYINTHEMAKING: ROCKY DAWUNI NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARDS 2016

Rocky Dawuni
Rocky Dawuni

Ghana is indeed making waves on the international music front.

After good news that Ghanaian UK based duo Reggie N Bollie made it to the X Factor 2015 finals news, current information Nkonkonsa.com is gathering indicates that Ghanaian Reggae Super star Rocky Dawuni has been nominated for the ultimate awards awards scheme in the world the Grammys.

The full list of nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards has been announced and Rocky has been nominated at the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category with his Branches Of The Same Tree album alongside some great Reggae stars from other parts of the world.  This makes Rocky Dawuni the first Ghanaian to be nominated for the Grammys.

Once again, Angelique Kidjo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are nominated in the world music category which Angelique won last year.

The Zomba Prison Project, an innovative advocacy based music project involving prisoners in Zomba Prison is also nominated for the album “I Have Nothing Here.

Kendrick Lamar leads with 11 nominations while Taylor Swift and The Weekend follow behind with 7 nominations each.

Taylor Swift is the only artist to have nominations in all three major categories – Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.

The Grammys will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 15 and will be aired live on CBS.

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