Despite a show of affection for each other, even with a kiss, on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in Accra, both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale made some comments that have raised eyebrows concerning their new found love for each other. Both award winning artistes stated ‘business’ was essential in their careers and that remained their prime focus. They even said that they would respond to a recall to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards if the board of the music awards scheme saw it necessary to lift the ban on them. The main aim of the press conference was to officially announce to the world that both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have decided to put an end to their musical rivalry in show of the importance of unity among Ghanaians. They also announced an upcoming concert in that respect dubbed ‘Ghana First’ and said details on the event will be released in due time.
Dancehall acts Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have had a musical rivalry that is well known among Ghanaian music lovers. This took a different turn at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards when Stonebwoy pulled a gun on stage during the awards ceremony as Shatta Wale and his entourage struggled with security in attempt to reach the podium where Stonebwoy and his manager were about giving their acceptance speech for the award. This show of ‘tension’ between the two acts has made many doubt their recent reunion; especially weeks after the incident. A press conference held last week suggested that there may indeed be a secret motivation for the new ‘peace agreement’ between the two.
When asked about a possible collaboration to further strengthen their unity and excite the fans, Stonebwoy said, “We would want to find out who would pay for the production? You see, there are technicalities that go into things like this and for big brands like us we have it (these technicalities) written down and I think it’s about a million dollar venture to get us together, but we are working on it. We are raising funds now small small so that it will get to the ends of the world and one day it will come.” Shatta wale added that, “I know most of you see music as an easy thing for us to do but it’s business for me and him.” But some music enthusiasts have been confused by this statements since both acts have; especially Shatta Wale have access to recording studios almost any day and time. Besides, lots of renowned local music producers would love to produce and record any material featuring both acts for bragging rights.
Further statements from Shatta Wale have added more curiosity to the discussion of what truly was the main motivation for the merger. During the press conference, Shatta Wale spoke about ‘beefing’ and his perspective of the new union between him and former music rival Stonebwoy describing it as a profitable venture. “This is the time for us to start a new business. This is the time for us to open a new venture. If you want us to ‘beef’, please, let’s have a meeting so we will plan it….. We can all make money when we come together…. For me, the money is my problem”, he said.
The Kofi Abban Foundation, the organization which has been hailed as the initiator of the new peace agreement between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, has been rumored to have given both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy very ‘juicy’ offers which persuaded them to concede to the peace agreement. Many have raised this argument as other more reputable and wealthy organizations such as Charter House (Franchise holders and organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) and Zylofon, could not convince both artistes to smoke the peace pipe. In another press conference in May, the Chief Executive Officer of Charter House, Theresa Ayoade, lamented on how many times her team met with the management and representatives of both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy before the main awards to speak with them on the importance of good conduct during the night, but was disappointed at the incident that nearly ruined the reputation of her firm.
But, Stonebwoy refuted claims of other motives for the union during the press conference, he said “I don’t want the media to think that for such and such reasons only was why we saw the need to come here and engage you people because we have other motives.”
No promises were made as a guarantee that such tension filled rivalry would not resurface between them. Rather, both artistes said it was a collective responsibility which also involved not just both of them but the media as well as the public.
Others have predicted that the newly found love between the two currently most celebrated artistes among the Ghanaian youth will not last and what Shatta Wale described as a “Jesus Kiss”, when he kissed Stonebwoy, will only be proven with time as to whether it was truly a kiss of eternal friendship or a ‘Judas Kiss’.
By Jerry Wonder