Rocky Dawuni Joins UN “Play It Out” Concert June 1 in Antigua with Ashanti, Machel Montano & many more!
“We are at a decisive moment in the history of humanity where we need action across cultures, peoples, and nations to address the urgent issue of plastic pollution. As musicians and players of instruments, we have a unique and pivotal role to amplify this urgency and spur people to immediate action.” Rocky Dawuni
Office Of The President Of The General Assembly
H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa
New York, The President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, today joined Molwyn Joseph, Environment Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway, to welcome special guest Ashanti as a headliner at the upcoming ‘Play it Out’ concert to tackle plastic pollution.
“At the heart of my Presidency is a firm belief that multilateral solutions, involving a diverse group of stakeholders, are the only sustainable and efficient way to deliver results,” noted President Espinosa. “The challenge of plastics is one that spans the entire globe…every region, every ocean, every environment is impacted. We must work on this together. Play it Out purposefully brings together Member States, the private sector, philanthropic groups and individuals, and focuses this combined energy on a joint solution.”
“We have all seen the images of turtles choking on straws, or birds wrapped in plastic, and it’s devastating,” noted Ashanti. “But these images, while emotional, don’t capture how massive this problem really is. This concert is about raising awareness, it’s about educating people to the seriousness of the situation.”
Up to 15 million tons of plastic litter are dumped into the ocean each year. Most of this has the potential to persist in the ocean for long periods, to travel with ocean currents across long distances, and to accumulate in habitats far from its point of origin. In fact, while most plastics are designed to last, their breakdown has been shown to result in microplastics that have been found everywhere from the insides of marine wildlife to the deepest parts of the ocean.
Along with Ashanti, the concert, which aims to Play it Out to Phase it Out, will be joined by soca star Machel Montano, along with GRAMMY Nominated Rocky Dawuni – Ghana’s premiere reggae artist and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador to Africa. Also joining the concert will be a lineup of artists and performers covering different regions demographics and music styles. They include American indie-rock band St. Lucia; Bomba Estéreo, an electric-duo hailing from Colombia; Nico & Vinz, an R&B act from Norway; and Grammy-nominated German DJ/producer Robin Schulz. The event will also feature top local artists, including Ricardo Drue and Claudette Peters. Antigua’s Kanneh-Masons, who recently performed at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, will also perform.