First appeared on IGGY: July 13, 2010
A lot of football nuts have used up their fandom adrenaline on the World Cup. But the truly hardcore have gone out and purchased the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa video game, even though they already own FIFA 09 and FIFA 08. The soccer never ends! Well if you are one of those die-hards who owns them all, then you’ve heard of Ghana’s reggae revivalist Rocky Dawuni. His song “Download the Revolution” was featured on a FIFA game, and his new track “African Soccer Fever” is on the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa soundtrack. He also had a song on FIFA 08, and the Sims video games. Dawuni just finished releasing his 5th album Hymns For the Rebel Sou (May 2010)l, which features “African Reggae Fever.” Dawuni basically changed the lyrics to make “African Soccer Fever,” and added some soccer clips to the video. You’d think the dreadlocked singer was an all-star video game player, but he’s mostly busy operating his own NGO called Africa Live, and making delightful reggae music.
It’s hard to imagine getting pumped for a soccer game listening to Dawuni’s mega-chill, relax-in-the-sunshine reggae. Dawuni, who’s been recording since the 90′s, is proudly called Ghana’s Bob Marley, and it makes sense. He and his 11-piece band have a few experimentally-bent tracks with Ghana folk influences like “Wake the Town,” but most of his music is throwback reggae, giving Marley a second wind. His English language lyrics even dictate revolution, togetherness, and the motivating, Marley-esque themes that get a crowd to wave lighters in the air.