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Rocky Dawuni Launches New Album “Beats of Zion” featuring Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Alika & Wiyaala

Rocky Dawuni, the international music star/global ambassador and humanitarian activist, releases his highly anticipated 7th studio album Beats of Zion on March 8,2019 with Six Degrees Distribution.  [Pre-Order: https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum] The thirteen-track set follows the GRAMMY nominated album Branches of the Same Tree, (“Best Reggae Album” in 2016) and expands Rocky’s “Afro Roots” sound to include the diversity of the Ghanaian […]

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Rocky Dawuni, the international music star/global ambassador and humanitarian activist, releases his highly anticipated 7th studio album Beats of Zion on March 8,2019 with Six Degrees Distribution. 

Rocky Dawuni Launches New Album "Beats of Zion" featuring Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Alika & Wiyaala
Rocky Dawuni Launches New Album “Beats of Zion” featuring Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Alika & Wiyaala

[Pre-Order: https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum] The thirteen-track set follows the GRAMMY nominated album Branches of the Same Tree, (“Best Reggae Album” in 2016) and expands Rocky’s “Afro Roots” sound to include the diversity of the Ghanaian music scene and its current global outreach.

Although Rocky’s music has had CNN naming him “Africa’s Top 10 global stars” and Ziggy Marley stating “Rocky’s music is creative inspiration that knows no boundaries,” it’s only one part of what drives his mass appeal. Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and passionate activism have led him to become a moving spokesperson for various global causes. Recently, Rocky was designated a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for Africa at a beautiful concert at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2018 at the Global Landscapes Forum with dignitaries from all over the world. This is on top of the social campaigns and activism he’s done including work with Product (RED), ONE, UNICEF, The Carter Center, Clean Cooking Alliance and the United Nations Foundation. Additionally, with UNESCO’s recent designation of Reggae music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Rocky Dawuni represents one of the leading African global voices of Reggae.

Rocky’s travels around the world helped shape the new album Beats of Zion. He elaborates, “Beats of Zion was born out of my desire to use my diverse global musical influences and exposure to various traditions to paint a multi-cultural musical vision of the world that I perceive. The beginning of the year saw me visit Ethiopia and India. In Ethiopia, I visited Lalibela, witnessing ancient Christian rites and my journeys in India also exposed me to its diverse spiritual culture and the shared similarities I saw to Africa.” He adds, “The title Beats of Zion is inspired by a vision of the drumbeat of awareness and elevation of consciousness; a musical call to arms for my audience to be proactive in this day and age as to each person’s responsibility to be an active instrument for positive change.”

The album was recorded in the span of almost 2 years in various studios in Ghana – Accra, Nairobi – and Los Angeles, California. In LA, Rocky was gifted studio time at the legendary Village Studios that has recorded the most influential artists including Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, and Fleetwood Mac. Rocky ended up recording in the same room as Fleetwood Mac and created the magic of the title track “Beats of Zion” and “Wickedest Sound.” Rocky found out that Fleetwood Mac visited Ghana in the 1970s which made the experience more special and inspired the Ghanaian traditional highlife song “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” as a homage to his heritage. These 3 tracks recorded at Village Studios kicked off the entire album making process.

The title track and lead single “Beats of Zion” came out well from the Village Studios session, but was missing something on the drum tracking. Rocky states, “We travelled to Zanzibar for a concert shortly after the recording session. At the time, I was still wanting the full African tribal effect that I had imagined. On the eve of my concert at the amazing Sauti za Busara Festival, we saw Batimbo Percussion Magique of Burundi mount the stage and blow the minds of everyone in the audience. I turned to my manager; Cary Sullivan who was also watching and we thought the same – ‘these are the guys for Beats of Zion’ and so the story unfolded.” The lead single video debuted with PopMatters who stated, “Rocky Dawuni aims to re-energize the forces of love and hope.”

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“Wickedest Sound” is another song that speaks volumes, featuring Ghanaian dancehall star Stonebwoy. The track combines elements of modern Afrobeats with Reggae music. With production paying homage to the organic recordings of classic Highlife music, it also combines a groove driven melodic approach with the traditional call and response style of singing. “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” features Ghanaian hip-hop star Sarkodieand is a sprawling remake of the Highlife classic originally recorded by Ghanaian maestro K. Frimpong which is all sung in Twi. “Let’s Go” fuses pop sensibilities, Reggae and the grooves of New Orleans to create a feel-good anthem of forward mobility and positive vibrations. The hand claps add an organic Gospel feel to this exhilarating song. PRI of The World caught up with Rocky Dawuni to talk about the song and video that supports a bicycle program for girl child education initiatives in Ghana..

Other tracks that show more dimensions to the album include the Reggae Cumbia track “Freedom Train” featuring Argentinian Dancehall queen Alika who joins Rocky with her powerful Spanish raps and “Burn One” a homage to the social transformative power of the legalization of marijuana in the spheres of medicine, recreational use and as a primary tool for economic emancipation. There will be videos coming out for many of the tracks on the album including “Elevation” which was shot on location in southern India. It is an inspirational groove filled with a message of hope and uses the traditional Rastafarian Nyabinghi sounds. “Champion Arise,” a track that easily fits into the current Roots Reggae revival sound, paints a spiritual picture with biblical imagery and inspirational lyrics about spiritual warfare for the upliftment of all people. “Sunshine Day” is the 1970’s Ghanaian pop group Osibisa classic song re-imagined as an up-tempo Reggae song with featured Ghanaian artist the “Young Lioness of Africa” Wiyaala. The diversity and features found on the new album are in step with Rocky’s vision of constantly evolving the boundaries of his sounds and expanding its global palettes and reach.

In a time when divisive rhetoric is on the rise and the political climate prefers to build walls over bridges, Rocky’s album Beats of Zion is a refreshing message about global unity and a worldview of oneness. Rocky passionately states, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging socio-political issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope.” He concludes, “Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.” 

“Influenced by sounds from across the African diaspora – everywhere from Dawuni’s native Ghana to the Caribbean – and beyond, the artist cements his role as a central voice in the contemporary African reggae scene by expanding its very scope.” – PopMatters

“Rocky Dawuni is one of Ghana’s best-traveled musicians these days. He lives between Los Angeles and Accra, but his signature “Afro Roots” sound—a blend of reggae, highlife, Afrobeat and more—brings him to concert stages and recording studios in places like Zanzibar, Nairobi, and Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as throughout Europe and the United States.” AfroPop

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“What a tremendous performance from international reggae star Rocky Dawuni. It has been a joy to watch his maturation as a writer and performer, and this Ghana-based video shows him at the absolute height of his powers, chanting an irresistibly danceable melody that expands the range of his syncretic powers. First rate and a pure joy!” –Roger Steffens, author of the award-winning “So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley”SALES:
Pre-Order now all platforms worldwide with instant gratification tracks “Beats of Zion” and “Let’s Go:”:  https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum
Album pre-order in Ghana and Africa available at: Play Africa and Aftown

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How to Make Kratom Tea: The Ultimate Guide

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Welcome to “How to Make Kratom Tea: “The Ultimate Guide.” delve into the beverage making of kratom tea such as selecting the right strains, choosing the brewing methods, and the doses consideration. From the experience of expert lovers to the interest of a beginner, check out useful facts and tips. 

 

We will be talking about benefits, negatives, and what dos and don’ts are. By the end of this article, you’ll be the holder of recipes to brew your perfect cup with your knowledge of preferences. Let’s embark on this journey together and unlock the secrets of brewing delicious and potent kratom-infused beverages.

Ways to Make Kratom Tea

Making kratom tea is often the method of having an alternative to what many people prefer, like the kratom powder or kratom capsule forms. Making kratom tea varies in every way according to personal liking or the effect it brings to each individual. Here are some methods to prepare kratom tea:

Traditional Kratom Tea

 

  • Measure Your Dosage: Start with a moderate dose of kratom leaf or powder. For many, 2-5 grams is sufficient.

 

  • Boil Water: Heat water within a pot; do not boil aggressively, as it may damage the pot. It is better to have a rather moderate temperature that is not high enough to damage the active alkaloids in kratom.

 

  • Add Kratom: Lower the heat and add your kratom to the hot water. Stir until it is fully dispersed.

 

  • Simmer: Allow the mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes. This extracts the compounds from the leaf or powder.

 

  • Strain: Pour the tea through a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the solid particles. You can press on the solids to extract more liquid.

 

Kratom Tea with Citrus

Adding citrus fruits such as lemon or lime will increase the extraction of kratom’s alkaloids and improve the tea’s taste.

 

  • Prepare as Above: Follow the traditional tea preparation steps.

 

  • Add Citrus: Squeeze a half lemon or lime into the pot during the simmering process.
  • Strain and Serve: Strain as described and enjoy.

 

Sweetened Kratom Tea

If you find kratom tea’s taste too bitter, sweetening it can help.

 

  • Prepare Kratom Tea: Use the above methods to make your tea.

 

  • Add Sweeteners: Honey, sugar, or stevia can be added according to taste. Mix well until the sweetener is dissolved.

 

  • Cool it Down: For a refreshing twist, let the tea cool down and serve it over ice. 

            Enhanced Kratom Tea

 

For an enhanced tea experience, some users add other herbal teas for flavor and additional benefits.

 

Prepare Basic Kratom Tea: Start with the traditional method.

 

  • Mix Herbal Teas: After straining, add a bag of your favorite herbal tea to the hot kratom tea and steep for 3-5 minutes.

 

  • Flavor as Desired: Add honey, lemon, or mint for extra flavor.

How to Make Kratom Tea Taste Better?

Improving the taste of kratom tea, known for its bitterness, involves incorporating various flavors and sweeteners. Here are efficient ways to make kratom tea more palatable:

 

Sweeten the Taste

Mixing sweeteners, for instance, honey, sugar, agave nectar, or stevia, into the kratom tea not only covers its bitterness but also improves the tea taste. Besides this, the syrups also provide additional interesting flavor notes.

 

Utilize Citrus

If you want to improve the flavor, just adding lemon, lime, or orange juice to kratom tea will do the trick perfectly! Citrus, in many ways, not only improves the taste but possibly is responsible for better extraction of kratom’s compounds, hence making it effective.

 

Blend with Flavored Teas

One of the ways to improve the taste of kratom tea is by adding it to flavoured herbal or green teas specially with strong flavours like mint or chamomile, this can disguise the flavour of the natural kratom and make it more enjoyable.

 

Spice It Up

With the addition of cinnamon, cardamom, or clove, a warming, aromatic fragrance will be introduced, which will cover the bitter taste. However, the health benefits from the spices will not be affected.

 

Cream It Up

For a smoother tea, adding milk or a plant-based alternative can soften kratom’s bitter edge, creating a latte-like experience that’s easier on the palate.

 

Go Cold

Cooling and serving the tea in a chilled condition could transform its taste and reduce bitterness, making it refreshingly boring.

 

Add Flavor Extracts

Add a few drops of any of the mentioned extracts (almond, peppermint, or vanilla), and you will notice how it can be very pleasant to drink if you have chosen the right flavor.

 

Experimenting determines the best mixture of flavors to remove the bitterness in the Kratom drink, making it a great daily choice.

What Are the Benefits of Kratom Tea?

Mood Enhancement

Many people are usually in a cheerful state of mind when they take kratom tea. The main ingredients of kratom get bound to the receptors appearing in the brain that are responsible for the phenomenon of euphoria, giving the person a reason to be happy, thus tackling the distress that is linked to both anxiety and depression.

Stress Reduction

The tea brew from Kratoman is famous for its sedative effects. For people who need to remove the day-to-day hassles and stress in their lives, it is a popular choice that offers a relaxed and peaceful feeling.

Increased Energy

Some kratom strains (when boiled in tea) can increase energy levels. Kratom doesn’t have an initial racing or jittery feeling like caffeine; instead, it offers a more stable but long-lasting energy boost, which is a reason many need it to increase productivity.

Improved Focus and Concentration

Kratom tea can enhance cognitive function, leading to improved focus and concentration. This makes it particularly appealing for tasks that require sustained mental effort.

Immune System Support

Some proponents believe that the alkaloids in kratom tea can strengthen the immune system by acting as antioxidants, which help combat free radicals and support overall health.

 

The differences in how kratom is consumed may be supplemental to each individual, but also its possible effects on common health benefits can make kratom a very useful remedy for those looking for natural cures.

How Much Kratom Should You Take?

It is necessary to figure out a suitable dosage of kratom to have a positive experience with fewer chances of side effects. The ideal dose is a parameter affected by characteristics like tolerance, desired effect, and strains of different potency levels.

 

For newcomers, taking 1-2 grams from the start is recommended as it gives time for sensitivities and effects to be felt gradually. This cautious approach is essential due to the varying potency of different kratom strains and individual responses.

 

Once accustomed, users may consider increasing the dosage to a moderate level of 3-5 grams. At this level, effects such as increased energy, enhanced mood, or relaxation become more pronounced yet still manageable for most people. 

 

However, it’s crucial to approach higher dosages, ranging from 6 to 8 grams, with caution. While these doses may offer more intense effects like significant pain relief or deep relaxation, the risk of adverse effects also increases.

 

Dosage must be carefully calculated, involving variables like body weight and rate of metabolism, and given the purpose of taking kratom. An increase in the dosage should be done slowly; it is a way of ensuring a person’s safety. 

 

Along with that, the subject of kratom is by sheer responsibility of usage. Healthcare professionals should consult it before taking it or any new supplement or addition to the routine.

 

However,, starting with a low dose and gradually increasing it based on individual response is key to finding the optimal kratom dosage. Responsible usage and consulting healthcare professionals are important steps in ensuring a safe and positive experience with kratom.

Which Types of Kratom Is Best for Making Kratom Tea?

Kratom tea is increasingly being consumed for its possible advantages, including relaxation, work increases together and enhanced focus. The choice of kratom strain that one uses is primarily responsible for the kind of effects one will experience. Here are some recommended kratom strains for making tea.

 

Maeng Da Kratom: The name Maeng Da suggests its strong effect and thus, it is ideal for those people who need energy and pain relievers since the morning tea is perfect for the occasion.

 

Green Malay Kratom: This strain simultaneously gives you energy and relaxation, perfect for afternoon boosting.

 

Red Bali Kratom: Red Bali is the ideal herbal tea for relaxation and stress relief, and it is a calming evening tea to put on a stressful day.

 

White Borneo Kratom: White strains like White Borneo are popular for their stimulating effects, increasing concentration and alertness. This makes them suitable for morning tea to prepare for a productive day.

 

Yellow Vietnam Kratom: Though less common, Yellow Vietnam kratom is praised for mood enhancement and a mild energy boost, providing a smooth experience that is perfect for those seeking a subtle lift in their day.

 

Whether using powdered or crushed leaf kratom affects the strength of the tea, with powdered kratom typically yielding a stronger brew, regardless of the strain or form chosen. It’s essential to start with a low dose to gauge individual response, as effects can vary.

How Long Do the effects of kratom tea last?

However, the time of kratom tea’s feelings can change when factors like strain, dosage, and individual metabolism are in the air. As a rule, the symptoms are observed within minutes after consumption, reaching their maximum at 30-60 minutes. Normally, effects linger for 2-5 hours, but again, this would depend on the strain and one’s body.

 

Strain Variation: Different strains offer varying effects. For instance, Red Bali may induce longer-lasting relaxation, while White Borneo might provide a shorter-lived energy boost.

 

Dosage: Higher doses lead to extended relaxation or sedation, while lower doses yield shorter, more stimulating effects.

 

Individual Metabolism: Metabolism rates vary, influencing how long effects last based on factors like weight and overall health.

 

Method of Preparation: How kratom tea is made affects its efficacy and duration—variables like steeping time and powder vs. leaf usage impact strength and longevity.

 

Considering these factors helps gauge the duration of kratom tea’s effects, but individual experiences may vary.

Conclusion 

The article provides comprehensive information on making kratom tea, covering strain selection, brewing methods, dosage considerations, and tips for improving taste. It emphasizes starting with a low dose and gradually adjusting based on individual response for optimal results.

 

In addition to that, readers are also advised to visit the websites related to this theme in case they want to expand the theme or get more reliable brands. Through the use of the recommendations discussed in this article, readers can uncover all the approaches to brewing a tasty and powerful tea with kratom, and they will get the opportunity to accentuate the benefits obtained through kratom consumption.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is kratom tea addictive?

If taken in excessive amounts and for a long period of time, kratom leads to dependency but herbal tea is not likely to make you get addicted. Just like with any other substance, it is important to consume kratom with respect and in moderation.

 

Is Kratom Tea safe to drink on an empty stomach?

Consuming kratom tea on an empty stomach enhances its effects but also increases the likelihood of experiencing stomach discomfort and nausea. To minimize adverse effects, it’s advisable to consume kratom tea with food.

 

How Long Does Kratom Tea Last?

Among the effects of kratom tea, its duration is about 2 to 5 hours. Strain, dosage, and individual metabolism are some of the factors that determine the duration of the kratom effects. The effects of each user may differ.

 

Is Kratom Legal?

Kratom is legal to some extent in different countries and regions. In some areas, it is prohibited or controlled, while in others, it is allowed for personal use. It is necessary to investigate the legislation and know the law about kratom in your location.

 

Can I mix kratom tea with other substances?

Mixing kratom tea with other substances should be approached cautiously. Consult a healthcare professional to ensure safety and avoid potential interactions.

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