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What Ghanaian Female Artists Lack Is In My Possession : IONA

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There are a lot of female artists in the Ghanaian music industry who are matching the males boot for boot but yet still not recognized in the industry.

We sometimes try getting answers to these questions but to no avail.

Kobbygossips in an exclusive interview with sensational songstress IONA, a versatile artist who is a new member of the “wow wolo muvment” disclosed what she has seen whiles sitting on the bench watching others play.

She said; I admire my fellow sisters in the industry and draw some inspiration from them but whenever am alone watching or listening to them i either smile or laugh because I realise they are lacking that special thing which is in my possession. IONA is here to stay, i’ve been on the bench for long hoping they can compete but they failed me, am not in any competition with any of them but am coming for my crown. My maiden song is ready and I call it “penetration”, I think the title speaks for itself. Music lovers should keep this name “IONA” on their lips, am here to stay, calmly take my crown and not to dissapoint.

IONA’s maiden song “penetration” will be realised this month February 2019, anticipate.

Keep in touch with her on the various platforms below.

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Stonebwoy Explains Why He Pulled A Gun On Stage

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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.

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Charterhouse Disappointed After Giving Shatta Wale A Chance : CEO

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The CEO of Charterhouse, organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Award (VGMA), says she is disappointed at the dancehall/reggae artiste, Shatta Wale’s conduct.

Theresa Ayoade said she had met Shatta Wale’s personally and they had had discussions and therefore expressed surprise at his conduct on Saturday.

“We’ve always given him a chance to reinvent and represent himself to us and some of these attempts have been thrown into our faces.

“So, it got to a point that we took a stance and we stood by that stance for two years just for the peace of mind [and] to maintain our grips with regard to the event,” she told News Desk on JOYNEWS channel, Monday.

Shatta Wale was banned in 2016 from the VGMA because he maligned the board of the awards scheme. The ban was only lifted this year.

Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale clashed on stage when Stonebwoy was announced the winner of Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year.

In the ensuing confusion, Stonebwoy pulled a gun; an action he explained later in a press statement as self-defense. The two were subsequently arrested and detained.

This has left the organizers surprised.

“This year, I made a personal effort to reach out to him [Shatta Wale] and to engage a lot of these artists on a one-and-one meeting to explain to them what we were doing. We also told them what this event meant to the industry and where we are taking it even internationally.

“I had dinner with him [Shatta Wale] and his demeanor was very different and he sounded apologetic about his past behaviors and promised to collaborate with us in all ways,” she said.

She said true to Shatta’s words, he worked with them on the Nominee’s Jam in Kumasi where he and Stonebwoy all performed with no incident recorded.

“We did the same at the Independence Square [Accra] for the VGMA Xperience where again they both performed and there was no issue, so we thought that ‘okay we are getting there’.”

Police say they are yet to charge the two dancehall artistes following their arrests on Sunday.

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Gov’t To Meet Shatta, Stonebwoy Over Feud : Tourism Minister

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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has revealed that her ministry will engage dancehall artistes Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz as Stonebwoy; and his archrival Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., also known as Shatta Wale, to end the feud between them to prevent a deadly escalation.

“We are going to engage them together with MUSIGA to ensure that we resolve whatever underlying issue that is there so that we don’t have an escalation going forward into the future,” Oteng-Gyasi said on Class FM.

Her comments were in reaction to the gun-related incident that took place at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held on Saturday, May 18.

The 20th edition of the VGMAs nearly turned bloody when camps of Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale engaged in near-fisticuffs over an award.

The confusion happened when Stonebwoy was announced as the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year.

Shatta Wale and his fans approached the podium to ostensibly congratulate Stonebwoy but events turned chaotic resulting in a lot of pushing and shoving – a situation that prompted Stonebwoy to pull out his pistol.

The security officers at the event pepper-sprayed the stage in an attempt to prevent a full-blown fight.

“On the part of the ministry and the organizers, on hindsight, we should have engaged the two artistes prior to the event having witnessed what was going on in social media”, the minister said.

She subsequently called on the fans of the two musicians to stop the social media war as that fuels the rivalry between the two artistes.

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