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Rocky Dawuni’s Independence Splash 2008 in Tamale

2008-03-06 22:35:55
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Rocky Dawuni
The 8th Annual "Rocky Dawuni's Independence Splash 2008" is to be hosted at the newly built Tamale Sports Stadium on March 6, 2008, the first time the mega event is moving from the capital of Accra to the Northern Region.

The exciting event will feature international Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni alongside Northern Ghanaian stars Sheriff Gale, Abu Saadiq, Mama Rams and special guests in celebration of the 51st anniversary of the independence of Ghana .

The event is being organised by Africa Live, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate the Ghanaian music scene by creating public and industry awareness for its rich history and value.

It is also supported by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, UNICEF, Antrak Air, European Commission, Busy Internet, and a host of others.

Organisers say the event was moved to the north as part of Rocky's ongoing work with UNICEF on their "Clean Water and Sanitation" programme, which seeks to raise awareness about Guinea Worm infestation.

Last year’s event, which Rocky Dawuni used to promote 'Clean Water,’ drew an estimated 40,000 people to the La Pleasure Beach.

That single event also attracted world leaders including ex-World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. It also featured 2006 MOBO winner Batman Samini, sensational King Ayisoba and Hip life star Tic Tac.

Rocky Dawuni is one of Africa’s most popular musicians whose live performances have often been called legendary and whose popularity spans the globe.

In 2007, working with UNICEF, Dawuni led a group of musicians, press and developmental partners on a three-day campaign to Northern Ghana to promote clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

According to organisers, the trip shed light on these acute problems and discussed practical and sustainable solutions in line with Dawuni’s initiative of using music as a tool for social development.

They further explained that last year’s trip also resulted in collaboration between Dawuni and Batman Samini on the song "Clean Water" for UNICEF’s World Water Day commemoration. The song, they said, has since been translated into five Northern Ghana dialects.

The 2008 event is expected to afford Dawuni the opportunity to make a similar journey to areas surrounding Tamale to address current water and sanitation issues confronting the region.

source: The Statesman

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