Inspite of Stonebwoy pulling a gun on stage during a scuffle between music rival crews of ‘Bhim’ Nation and ‘Shatta Movement’, majority of the attendants at the 2019 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, remained seated at the venue in anticipation of the winners of the remaining categories. Although some people left for fear of what might have befallen them when the scuffle broke out, the venue remained packed with people still singing along to other performances and cheering others winners after the incident on Saturday May 18th in Accra at the new dome on the premises of the Accra International Conference Centre.
Reggae and Afro pop Ghanaian musician ‘Stonebwoy’ created panic at the Accra International Conference Centre – New Dome when he pulled a gun from his pocket on stage as members of his entourage, including his manager, struggled with the police and members of ‘Shatta Movement’ on stage. The scuffle broke out when ‘Stonebwoy’ was announced the winner of the ‘Reggae Dancehall Act of the Year’. His music rival, ‘Shatta Wale’, who was also seated in the audience, then made his way to the stage but was prevented from getting close to ‘Stonebwoy’ by security and members of Stonebwoy’s crew . However, the audience after witnessing what could have turned out to be a ‘bloody’ clash of egos, settled in their seats to continue with the remaining part of the programme. The temporary fear and panic soon disappeared after VGMA Nominee for the ‘Artiste of the Decade’ Samini took the stage with his usual energetic performance. The fans danced and sang as if nothing had happened. Nigeria’s Burna Boy and first time VGMA winner, ‘Medikal’, also added to the excitement as they gave applaudable performances that night.
This year’s VGMA marked the 20th Anniversary of the event and the excitement around the celebration was very high due to a lot of factors, especially the inclusion of Ghanaian Dancehall artiste ‘Shatta Wale’. ‘Shatta Wale’ has had disagreements with the organizers of the the VGMA in the past which nearly resulted in a law suit against the artiste. But, it was resolved ahead of this year’s event as ‘Shatta Wale’ performed at the VGMA ‘Experience Concert’ a few days to the main night. Fans were excited to see the competition at this year’s VGMA as every category was keenly contested with equally deserving nominees.
By Jerry Wonder