The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has condemned the fracas among dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Songs Awards.
The musicians’ physique noted in a assertion, signed by its president Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) mentioned the combat between the two artistes was “unwarranted, irresponsible and shameful”.
Pandemonium broke out Sunday early morning soon soon after Stonebwoy was introduced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’. This is the fifth consecutive time he is successful the award.
Just when Stonebwoy, who was picking up the award for the fifth time, was about to deliver his acceptance speech for the award, Shatta Wale commenced going for walks towards him on phase.
Shatta Wale experienced later explained that he was going for walks up to the phase to celebrate with Stonebwoy.
But just as he approached the phase, blows started off flying amongst Stonebwoy’s entourage and Shatta Wale’s staff. Law enforcement and security staff rushed to the phase to avoid the brawl from escalating.
Stonebwoy pulled out a gun on phase all through the scuffle as some of his workforce associates try to protect the gun.
The battle disrupted the Awards for practically 30 minutes. Some visitors, together with actress Jackie Appiah, rushed out of the location.
Shortly soon after equally camps have been separated, Shatta Wale, who had previously picked up two awards on the night, posted on Twitter “Don’t play with a lion like that …He dislikes to smell blood !!!”
When Stonebwoy arrived on phase to take his second award for the evening, ‘Best Collaboration of the Year’, he apologised for the incident.
“I’m definitely sorry for the incident that occurred earlier on and I only experienced to respond out of natural instincts due to the fact we all know how premeditative some men and women can be. We have witnessed on social media the threats and every thing so we could not arrive in unprepared due to the fact just about anything could have transpired like you fellas noticed,” he explained.
Stonebwoy extra that “I appear in peace and I go in peace and I apologise to the full masses of Ghana that the Awards is going to continue on. Thank you pretty songs for supporting my songs, for supporting every person else’s music…by their deeds we have all witnessed.”
Read through the full MUSIGA statement down below:
The Musicians Union of Ghana condemns in the strongest terms the unwarranted, irresponsible and shameful incidence which occurred at the 20th Anniversary version of the Vodafone Ghana Audio Awards at the Accra Global Conference Centre on Saturday, 18th Could 2019.
These shameful functions of violence did not only bring about a halt in the application but also traumatized patrons and subsequently painted a pretty adverse graphic of our nation Ghana to the international
neighborhood as around 40 countries on the continent and the entire world at massive were seeing as a result of tv other social media platforms.
We urge the law enforcement companies to act with dispatch in bringing actors in this incredibly
shameful episode to e book to serve as a deterrent to others now and in the long run. We desire to condition that no specific is earlier mentioned the legislation and that will have to be forcefully founded as we can not entertain violence and wanton lawlessness.
We condemn the provocative act of Shatta Wale and his supporters for aggressively storming the phase when Stonebwoy was getting his award and the equally unmeasured reaction by Stonebwoy for brandishing the gun.
We would also like to suggest musicians and their handlers to be aware of their behaviours at all times considering that they are position types for the society as a total. Artistes ought to desist from
avoidable “beefs” and conflicts capable of bringing the sector to its knees and eroding all the gains we have created as a people.
MUSIGA would like to apologize on behalf of the songs sector and songs lovers to followers and the general public for the unprofessional conduct exhibited. We would like to reiterate that the Ghanaian new music market does not boost or approve this style of conduct.
We are calling on all celebration organizers to make sure powerful screening of supporters and performers at all gatherings. We will work swiftly with artistes the organizers and law enforcement businesses to occur to a decisive and deserving resolution.
As an market, we want to arrive collectively to do additional to elevate the graphic of our motherland Ghana. We will need to be shining examples and model citizens so that the millions of supporters and mentees will have appropriate illustrations of patriotism. It is only in uniting, holding each and every other’s fingers, setting up bridges and aiding one an additional that we conquer the world stage.
At the time once again we condemn in no uncertain terms the steps of the handful of miscreants whose steps really should not be authorized fester.