Reggae and Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, has released a statement explaining why he pulled a gun during the brawl between his camp Shatta Wale’s at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
According to the artiste, attacks on him and his loved ones, especially on his wife during the 2017 Ashaiman to The World concert heightened his sense of security.
The artiste revealed being “a victim of incessant vilification and physical attacks” caused a trauma he is yet to escape from.
“My past trauma and my heightened senses are however no excuses for my behaviour – no matter the provocation. Other lives were at stake and Ghana’s reputation was also at stake,” the statement read.
A brawl erupted between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale camps on stage after Stonebwoy was announced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’, at the VGMA on Sunday which caused the former to pull out a gun.
It’s unclear what Shatta Wale’s intentions were considering the fact that the two, over the years, have hardly seen eye to eye.
Although Stonebwoy apologised when he return to the stage after the brawl, he has once again apologised in his statement for denting the image of Charter House and the VGMAs.
“It is my ardent hope that the show will be remembered for the showcase and appreciation of talents and not the few minutes of regretful madness. I will continue working with Charterhouse and hope this won’t in any way affect my relationship with them,” he added.
The artiste stated he is taking precautions to ensure his personal fears do not put other lives in danger ever again, “such unfortunate incidents have clearly had an impact on me.”
He revealed he would be going for counselling sessions to deal with past violent incidents and also improve on security measures within his team.
Read full statement below.
I would like to extend my sincerest apologies and deepest regrets for my conduct at what should have been the biggest celebration of Ghanaian music last night.
In seeking to entertain Ghanaians, I have been the victim of incessant vilification and physical attacks in recent times. My own dear wife has in the past suffered a knife attack at a concert – an attack that had been meant for me and which resulted in her being rushed to a hospital.
Such unfortunate incidents have clearly had an impact on me and have resulted in my having a heightened sense of alertness. Violence can easily result in trauma – especially violence against those closest to us. This sense of alertness for my personal security and that of my loved ones, unfortunately, resulted in my behaviour at the just ended 20th edition of the VGMAs.
I have been going through difficult times despite the gains my team and I have made musically in raising high the flag of Ghana and also at the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
My past trauma and my heightened senses are however no excuses for my behaviour – no matter the provocation. Other lives were at stake and Ghana’s reputation was also at stake. I am taking remedial measures to ensure that there will never be a repetition of such actions or insecurity whenever I am in a public place. These include improving the security measures within my team and also undergoing counselling to deal with past violent incidents against me and my family. These immediate actions are to ensure that such acts do not recur, nor in any way affect my person or my professional performance.
I hereby wish to render an unqualified apology to event organizers Charterhouse Ghana for marring a rather beautiful event, which was streamed across the continent and indeed the world.
It is my ardent hope that the show will be remembered for the showcase and appreciation of talents and not the few minutes of regretful madness. I will continue working with Charterhouse and hope this won’t in any way affect my relationship with them.
To Vodafone Ghana, my sincerest apologies to you for bringing your brand to a low moment like this. As artistes, we appreciate what you invest and continue to invest in our talents. We hope you will continue to support Ghanaian music.
To all Ghanaians I ask for your forgiveness. The Stonebwoy you know always comes in peace and I will advocate for peace.
I appreciate your understanding and again, I am really and truly sorry.
What Hip-hop Songs Did You Release Last Four Years? : Strongman Questions Medikal
AMG rapper Medikal we are sure by now regrets ever tweeting that he saved the Ghanaian rap industry from dying in the last four years.
He tweeted: “4 years ago I saved Ghanaian Rap music from dying and I promise to keep it alive ??”
After this controversial tweet, several people have lashed out at him for making such a statement which in another way is a disrespect to the old rappers who were in the system before he came.
When we thought the issue has died down, former Sarkcess music signee Strongman has become the latest person to attack Medikal saying was just running his mouth and that he has not made enough music in the past four years to be making such huge claims.
According to Strongman in an interview with Adom FM, last year alone he had released 13 songs but Medikal is yet to do that and not even within his four years claim.
“Last year alone, i dropped 13 Rap songs. Somebody should ask Medikal how many Hiphop songs he’s released within that 4 years to claim he’s held Rap down four years ago. Forget him, he’s just running his mouth”.
Strongman didn’t end there he continued to school Medikal on what the Hip-hop genre is about and not because he won an award as the best rapper at the just ended VGMAs so he could just make some statements.
“Rap is rap, Rap or Hiphop is not about hit songs. The fact that you won the Rapper of the Year should not make you be making claims which are untrue” Strongman said.
Kwesi Arthur’s Dad Reacts To His Son’s Decision To Marry At Age 35
Ground-up Charle frontman Kwesi Arthur some months ago in an interview revealed that he has no plans of settling down now but would start thinking about it when he turns 35.
According to him, marrying now would mean he has to put his music career on hold since he would be losing focus and rather focusing on becoming a family man.
After his comment, many people on social media sided with him others also urged him to take that thought off and rather choose a better person who understands his career and settle down with.
Father of the rapper known as Samuel Danso Arthur in sharing his view about his son’s comment asked that his son shouldn’t be taken seriously.
According to Mr. Danso Arthur, he saw the headline about his son’s statement and wondered if his son was normal to make such a statement adding that 35 years was too much.
“He can’t be serious. I saw it and I said ‘this guy is he normal’? When you are young and you put structures in place, you make healthy babies. They should have asked him how old his dad was when he gave birth to him. I think 35 is too much,” Mr Danso said.
He continued that he believes the “Woara” hitmakers statement has to do with some experiences he had whiles growing up but that was how life was meant to be it couldn’t guarantee anyone 100%.
Kwesi Arthur’s dad was grateful to his superstar son who according to him replaced his cab engine when it broke down recently.
Ebony’s Haunting Shadow: Female Act Chikel Baibe Finally Opens Up!
Chikel Baibe, a new female singer has expressed delight in the fact that Ebony’s ever imposing musical shadow has finally been cast off her career for her fans to enjoy her true identity. Owing to the signing of a new artiste by the late Ebony’s father, Mr. Kwarteng, Chikel Baibe believes this single act is enough to wean fans off seeing and referring to her as an “Ebony-like” act.
Chikel Baibe who just completed S.H.S about a week now seems to be happy about the announcement by Ebony’s father. Mr. Kwarteng has introduced a new artist under his records label to represent her daughter and continue her legacy.
She believed with this news people are now going to stop tagging her name and music under Ebony Reigns shadow.
“It’s relevant for entertainment critics to appreciate the statement by Chikel Baibe because she acknowledged the influential brand and the level of impact Ebony had on the music industry. However, she wants her own brand to precede her career” — Hakeem Ellis, CEO of Hakell Entertainment, (a custodian label for Chikel Baibe).
Taking to her Instagram page, @Chikelbaibe posts.
“Thanks be to God, now that starboy-kwarteng has introduced the Ebony replacement under #Bonytotheworld _Records I believe people will stop tagging me under the shadows of the Late dancehall Queen Ebony and appreciate my talent without tagging me as Ebony replacement.
Is about time Ghanaians realize am Chikel Baibe and not Ebony …
Few months ago Chikel dropped a song titled ‘kweku’ featuring Amwan which is doing very well enjoy it below.
Chikel Baibe is currently preparing to release a fresh single featuring award-winning rapper Tee Phlow (@teephlowgh) — produced by Danny Beatz.
Watch studio section video below.
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Thanks be to God, now that starboy_kwarteng has introduced the Ebony replacement under #Bonytotheworld_Records I believe people will stop tagging me under the Shadows of the Late dancehall Queen Ebony and appreciate my talent without tagging me under her shadows!!….is time they realize am Chikel and not Ebony🙏…Watch out for something hot🔥🔥🔥with my best rapper @teephlowgh on it and Production from @dannybeatzgh wait on it🔥 #ChikelToTheGlobe👌 #DemGoTrust🙏 #Hakell_Powerhouse⚡ #sultandrinksghana💪
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