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STONEBWOY AND SHATTA WALE STRIPPED OF VGMA 2019 HONOURS

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Police are yet to conclude investigations into conduct by two of Ghana’s leading dancehall musicians ‒ Livingstone Etse Satekla, aka Stonebwoy, and Charles Nii Armah Mensah, aka Shatta Wale ‒ which marred the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) on Saturday night.

Police are yet to conclude investigations into conduct by two of Ghana’s leading dancehall musicians ‒ Livingstone Etse Satekla, aka Stonebwoy, and Charles Nii Armah Mensah, aka Shatta Wale ‒ which marred the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) on Saturday night.

However, Charterhouse, the organiser of the VGMA ceremony, has stripped both men of all the awards they won on the night.

Shatta Wale won Highlife Song of the Year for “My Level” and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year for “Gringo”, while Stonebwoy was named Reggae/Dancehall Act of the Year and won Collaboration of the Year for his hit “Kpoo Keke”, featuring All Stars, as well as Hiplife Song of the Year by featuring on Yaa Pono’s “Obiara Wɔ Ne Master”.

Indefinite ban

Both artistes have also been banned indefinitely from participating in the VGMAs.

The decision was announced by Charterhouse and the awards board at a press conference at the Alisa Hotel in Accra yesterday.

Explaining how the decision was reached, Mark Okraku Mantey, a member of the board, said both men had breached the code of conduct. He added that the board reserves the right to dismiss or disqualify any nominee who misbehaves or brings the awards into disrepute.

The chief executive officer of Charterhouse, Theresa Ayoade, clarified that even though the two have been banned indefinitely, it is possible for them to be accepted back to the scheme depending on their behaviour in future.

As to why after the Stonebwoy-Shatta brawl the organisers failed to announce two awards on the night ‒ Artiste of the Year and Most Popular Song of the Year ‒ Mrs Ayoade said, “We cannot announce them because the results have been nullified.” She added that it involves the two disgraced artists.

Regrets

The Charterhouse chief executive said both artistes, who are considered the biggest dancehall music exports from Ghana, will live to regret their actions.

As organisers, she said, Charterhouse had been embarrassed by their actions.

“Everything was going smoothly till the altercation,” she said, adding that the organisers “felt the action” the two men took “was selfish” and that they forgot the world was watching Ghana.

Shatta quits VGMAs

But even before the official announcement, Shatta Wale had announced that he would no longer participate in the annual Ghana Music Awards festival.

Taking to his Facebook page to make the announcement yesterday morning, he said he had made decision after long “reflections”.

“Upon sober reflections of events in recent times and having made broader consultations, I wish to announce that I will not be part of the Ghana Music Awards scheme going forward. God bless,” he said.

Day in court

Both artistes have been granted bail after appearing before the Adjabeng District Court on Wednesday.

They charged with breaches of peace contrary to Section 2017 (1) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).

Stonebwoy faces an additional charge of displaying a weapon in a public space without permission, contrary to Sections 7 (1) and 26 (1) (a) of the Arms and Ammunition Act 1972 (NRCD9).

According to a statement signed by Effia Tenge, Deputy Superintendent of Police and head of public affairs of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, the two dancehall artistes pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been granted bail of GHC50,000 with one surety each.

The statement also said the court advised the two accused to be of good behaviour while the case is pending before it.