Rocky Dawuni’s Global Anthem “Shade Tree”is a Message for Our Time

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Rocky Dawuni’s Global Anthem “Shade Tree” is a Message for Our Time. WATCH “Shade Tree” HERE      LISTEN “Shade Tree” HERE

International musician, songwriter, producer and activist, Rocky Dawuni has released a new single “Shade Tree”. Additionally, it has a stunning accompanying video! Filmed in Salvador, Bahia Brasil, “Shade Tree” is a picturesque feast of culture, lifestyle and the soulful diversity of its people. The single is the second from the 3x GRAMMY Nominated musician’s forthcoming album. The album will be released in 2024. “Shade Tree” is a timely anthem of empowerment and unity.


Salvador, Bahia is the perfect setting for the video for the song. The city itself grew from all of the Africans who were brought there and found each other; creating an incredible nucleus of afro descendent culture – a modern day “cultural shade tree.” That is the “roots” connecting Africa to the African Diaspora and to the rest of the globe.

The song is based on the concept of the tree that provides shade for all of the various “shades” of humanity – a convergence point and an oasis for all people.  The shade tree is where conflicts and disagreements can be resolved. It provides “a shelter from the rain” which is shared amongst everyone. Humanity shares this common destiny because we are nature and our destiny is intimately entwined with each other and with all of life, just as are the roots of the tree. Under the tree we are a community in our individuality. As the lyrics say “we are one, but we are not the same.”

Rocky Dawuni Shares

We live in a time when our world is teetering on a threshold of uncertainty, chaos and cycles of violence. It could unravel the very essence of our collective responsibility to live for each other. “Shade Tree” is a musical offering for our uncertain times. It is a call to invoke the power of empathy to break down every erected wall fashioned through hatred.” – Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni’s own unique “Afro Roots” sound mixes Roots Reggae, Afrobeat, Highlife, Soul, Pop & more. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Ozomatli, Peter Gabriel, Yothu Yindi and many more. He was named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN. He has showcased his talent at prestigious venues across the globe from Hollywood to Bollywood to Zanzibar and beyond. 


Rocky is a dedicated environmental and humanitarian activist. He has served as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa and a Global Ambassador the World Day of African and Afro-Descendant Culture. Through these and other designations he uses his music to shine a light on crucial issues facing humanity with live concerts, speaking engagements, symposiums, youth leadership as well as through his own Rocky Dawuni Foundation.

Merging Elements

“Shade Tree,” written by Rocky Dawuni, has additional production by GRAMMY Nominated engineer and musician extraordinaire, Anthony Brewster as well as renown engineer Michael Vail Blum. The song was mixed by multiple GRAMMY Award winning engineer and producer, Qmillion aka Keith Lewis, known for his work on the Robert Glasper “Black Radio” albums, Seun Kuti and more. 

As is expected from this artist, the song draws from diverse influences and vocals stylings that sometimes recall classic soul singers like Curtis Mayfield and D’Angelo. The production merges elements of Hip Hop, Reggae and soul stirring social commentary. “Shade Tree” keeps things moving with its irresistible conscious groove heralding a new world of hope.

For more information on Rocky Dawuni:


Rocky Dawuni LIVE at Grand Performances 2023
(Los Angeles, CA

Rocky Dawuni Live at Envision Festival 2023
(Costa Rica)

Rocky Dawuni LIVE at Leaf Global Arts Festival
(North Carolina, USA)

Rocky Dawuni Acoustic Performance at UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA)
(UNHQ, Nairobi, Kenya)

Media Contact / Booking:

Cary Sullivan
Photos: Cary Sullivan, Life In Lens 


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