In an interview with Amansan Krakye on radio central’s drivetime show, the reggae icon pushed on the need to use traditional medications to help treat or even manage the COVID 19 problem in Africa and especially Ghana.
Explaining further with Amansan Krakye, the Grammy nominee stated on the need to take extra precautions which will help us stay safer and healthy with the intake of herbs like neem leaves, lemongrass and other healthy herbs grown in Africa to help boost our immune system because the problem we facing goes beyond wearing nose marks, washing and sanitizing our hands. “Though anytime I go out, I make sure I follow all the preventive measures we’ve been given” He added.
If we eat the proper diet, exercise to keep fit and utilize our local traditional medications, there won’t be any need to accept vaccinations into Africa and especially Ghana. “All concerts which I have been billed to perform including other musicians I know has been cancelled due to the problem facing the world now with the virus. And wondering how most people who survive on the streets will live”. Rocky Dawuni advised Ghanaians to focus strongly on agriculture in such times. With the reason to save enough food and save for future purposes if the need arises for us all to continue to stay home.
“Africans is now tired of using vaccines because anytime there is a disease, we all end up with vaccinations which we won’t do us any good. We should support the agenda taken by Madagascar and support our local traditional herbs for healing ourselves. We can’t always use ourselves as Africans for anybody’s experiment” He added.
On the strength of reggae in Ghana now, He stated that; in any form of genres there are always the possibility to be on top for sometime for other genres to rule for a while. “Looking at the scene in Ghana over the years, you realize we have gone through lots of change with music trends from contemporary highlife, highlife, azonto and other music forms”. Adding that, reggae music in Ghana is still strong but in different style which fuses other African music instruments because we can’t also do songs in the same style as what is been done in Jamaica. “Reggae music from Ghana gave us our first Grammy nomination with my album” Rocky Dawuni stated.
He also mentioned the need for Ghanaians to support our musicians to help push the agenda of Ghanaian music worldwide. Adding that; looking at the music industry in Ghana, we don’t have the proper systems in our country concerning music and arts in general. “Stonebwoy, Darko Vibe, Wollasi andOkyeame Kwame’s made in Ghana album are all potential Grammy nomination albums plus other well recorded albums from various musicians in Ghana” Rocky Dawuni said.
The Grammy nominated musician also spoke on the need to stop beefing in the music industry just to get the attention from the public which won’t bring any positive results to our society as Ghanaians. “If we keep doing that, we are not imparting positivity in the next generation. We have no time to waste because we have to install the knowledge of empowerment into our children” He Said. Adding the media should play a big role to shift attention towards positivity and stop promoting negativity.
Concluding with Amansan Krakye on the Cape Coast based radio station; Rocky Dawuni said Africa has the power to blessthe world. So Africans should trust, listen and believe in ourselves concerning all situations especially concerning the fight against Covid 19.
Written By: Nana Yarquah