Bowled Over: Rocky Dawuni thrills fans at the Hollywood Bowl

Performing songs from his hit album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul,” Dawuni treated fans to favorites such as “Afroroots Vibration” and “Extraordinary Woman”

A night billed as “KCRW’s Global Soul with Stevie Wonder and Friends,” it brought together Grammy nominee Janelle Monae and reggae superstar Rocky Dawuni, who gave an impassioned performance to a crowd of 18,000 folks at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Performing songs from his hit album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul,” Dawuni treated fans to favorites such as “Afroroots Vibration” and  spoke about the need for action on the famine in Somalia and Ethiopia before jumping into a rendition of “Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley.

With an ecstatic crowd on their feet swaying and singing along, the night featured classic performances Charles Bradley, Mexico’s Ceci Bastida, rocker Grace Porter; all backed by the American Idol/Tonight Show bandleader Rickey Minor.

Stevie Wonder closed out the night with an amazing performance from his classic repertoire before inviting Dawuni and all the featured guests to join him on stage for a final performance of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” and Stevie’s own “Higher Ground”.

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