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Biography of Stonebwoy- Awards, Legacy, Career, Albums

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Livingstone Etse Satekla, known professionally in the music industry as Stonebwoy is an Afro Pop, Reggae and Dancehall artiste from Ghana.

Born March 5, 1988, Stonebwoy grew up in Ashaiman a suburb of Accra and hails from Anlo in the Volta Region.

Stonebwoy comes from a family of 9 and his passion for music started at a very young age.

Whilst in primary, he participated in several drama performance in his school and was found in almost every other entertainment and arts related activity.

The love he had for music surpassed all other forms of the creative arts as he begun singing songs of popular musicians in the country.

Stonebwoy made a good name for himself in secondary school as he had the opportunity to be on mainstream radio for the first time courtesy the CEO of Duncwils Entertainment and radio presenter Doctor Duncan was the host of ‘Kasahari’ an entertainment show on Adom FM.

He released his first song commercially ‘Makuma’ when he was in his second year at school.

Thereafter, he went on to drop his next song ‘Empress’ which was a smash hit on radio and it was there industry eyeballs moved to his craft.

After completing his secondary education in 2007, he perfectly understood what line of action to take considering the exploits he had made whilst in school.

Stonebwoy began working with S24 Studios where there he was introduced to Dansoman-based Reggae and Dancehall legend Samini where they became friends and was later signed by Samini unto his label in Samini Music.

Under Samini Music, Stonebwoy released his first album of his career dubbed “Grade1” which gave music fans something to hope for as he showed very promising prints of his craft.

Their relations was fruitful but Stonebwoy, after all that he had learned decided to take his career into his own hands as he exited from Samini Music, however, it is instructive to note that he did not burn bridges whilst parting ways with his senior colleague artiste in the music industry.

Stonebwoy established his own record label called Burniton Music Group (BMG), which was made up of some close friends and industry stalwarts and was financed by a businessman.

In 2014, he released his second studio album ‘Necessary Evil’ under his newly formed label BMG which has numerous hit songs on it.

In 2017, he released his third studio album ‘Epistles of Mama’ an album he dedicated to his late mother Catherine Lucy Aku Ametepe Satekla.

The album contains 24 tracks which featured local and foreign acts across Africa, Jamiaca and Europe.

Some of the acts include Sean Paul, King Promise, Burna Boy among others and the EOM album won him several awards including a BET award for the Best International Act.

He got signed to a major record label in Ghana in 2017, Zylofon Music owned by embattled Ghanaian businessman Nana Appiah Mensah.

In 2017, Stonebwoy tied the knot with Louisa Ashong, a medical doctor and graduate of the Kwame University of Science and Technology and are blessed with two children, Jidula and Janam.

His exploits has earned him top collaborations with international acts from Africa, UK, Jamaica such as Jah Vinci, Trey Songz, Gappy Ranks, Randy Valentine, Sakordie, Wayne Wonder, Laza Morgan, Samini, Obrafour, Black Prophet, R2Bees, Patoranking, General Pype Stylogee, Burna Boy, Morgan Heritage, Chris Martin, I Octane, Kranium and many others.

His energetic and mind-blowing stage craft paved the way for him tour in UK, USA, Australia, Italy, Amsterdam and many more countries and sharing stage with acts such as Lauryn Hill, Alkaline, Busy Signal, Popcaan, Morgan Heritage and Wizkid.

Stonebwoy has inked some juicy endorsement deals in his career.

He was ambassador for Samsung in 2018 and in September 2019, he bagged an endorsement deal with Voltic Natural Mineral Water was also the global ambassador for Sanitation.

The same year partnered with a multinational beverage company to hold a merchandise for ‘Boss Energy Drink’.

He launched his newly established clothing line in Ashaiman in a store called the ‘Bhim Shop’ where he sells branded outfits of his BHIM brand.

BHIM is an abbreviation for a catchphrase he coined which is ‘Bless His Imperial Majesty’.

In 2020, Stonebwoy the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ‘Artiste of the Year’ 2015 is set to release his fourth studio album dubbed ‘Anloga Junction’.

Stonebwoy’s resilience and dedication to his work coupled with the achievements made have made him one of Ghana’s living legend worth celebrating.

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Never Compare Eastern Region Music Awards to Central and Volta Region Music Awards – Koo Ntakra Projects

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Akuapem rapper Isaac Akuffo professionally known as Koo Ntakra has made his comment known about the Eastern Music Awards scheme.

In an interview with Papa Attitude on Rite chat show, he rated Eastern Music awards below the belt.

According to him, the scheme has not made any good impact on artistes in the Region. “Everything is supposed to be moving forward but not Eastern Music Awards, it’s rather moving backwards”, he said.

Koo Ntakra, who won the Artiste of the Year of the first edition of the Eastern Region Music Awards is still not impressed about how the award scheme is handling issues concerning artistes in the region.

He lamented that the Awards scheme is left behind because they lack showbiz packaging. “Comparing Eastern Music awards to other regional music awards in Ghana now will be a very big mistake anyone will do, because looking at the effort others are putting into theirs to make it better, we are not doing it”, he explained.

The new single banger ‘Gbelemi’ releaser continued that, backbiting and lies in the award scheme counts to the downfall of the awards credibility. “When you call a spade a spade then, they tag you as a disrespectful artiste, how can we build our industry with that attitude”? He asked.

He, however, made it known that he is doing everything possible to bring a bright future to the Eastern Music Awards scheme and for that reason, he will never call a spade a big spoon and if that will attract haters he doesn’t care.

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Former EC Boss, Mrs. Charlotte Osei Turns TV Show Host

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The immediate past Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission has joined GHOne TV as the anchor of a business programme.

The new programme which is dubbed ‘Business Compass’ is one of the new additions the EIB Network owned television launched yesterday, June 6, 2020.

After she was introduced at the launch, Madam Charlotte Osei indicated that the programme is dedicated to grooming the next generation of entrepreneurs.

““We have been engaging a lot of young entrepreneurs on their career and business issues and as we engaged them we realised more and more young entrepreneurs were passionate about their business and were very ambitious, but there was a knowledge gap,” she said.

She also noted that most aspiring entrepreneurs list money as their number one challenge which she believes is not the case especially when confidence and strategy have proven to be the best value.

 

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Shatta Wale topping iTunes reggae chart in Greece with the Dream of the Tropical House Cruise To Jamaica album

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Ghanaian musician Shatta Wale is making waves outside Ghana with his latest song titled ,Dream’.

The track currently sits top of iTunes Reggae chart in European country Greece.

The Dream song by the Dancehall King, Shatta Wale is featured on the Tropical House Cruise To Jamaica album.

Shatta Wale is the face of the album which features Dancehall greats from Jamaica, Elephant Man, Sizzla Kolonji, Vybz Kartel and American Hiphop acts like Royce Da 5’9.

 

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