An aftermath of the nearly bloody scuffle that marred the 2019 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is that the dancehall arch rivals, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were dragged to face the consequences of their actions on VGMA night. First, the two were arrested and had to spend 24 hours in police custody, after which both were granted bail for an amount of GH¢ 50,000. The dancehall acts upon release were, arraigned before court on Monday during which they were charged with Offensive conduct to Breach of Peace at the VGMA and Stonebwoy additionally charged with Display of a Weapon in a Public Place without permission, but both artists pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them and the case was adjourned to June 20.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the awards scheme, Charter House Ghana Ltd in a press conference held on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 announced that Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy have been banned indefinitely from the awards, making them ineligible for nominations, awards and performances at the VGMAs. The two awards that were withheld on the night, Artist of the year and Most popular song of the year stated by ace broadcaster and VGMA 2019 host, Kwame Sefa Kaye to have been won by both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale were also nullified, adding that by implication the late Ebony Reigns who won the honour last year still holds the bragging right as the substantive Artist of the year.
Moreover, the awards won by both artists at the 20th VGMA have all been withdrawn, in view of which both artists are expected to immediately return the awards(plaques) to the organizers. However, Shatta Wale following the recent happenings took to his social media handles to announce his withdrawal from the awards scheme after allegedly taking an oath(as shown in his posted picture) never to partake in the awards in the future. He wrote:
“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!,”
Mawnin’ Medz on Sunday, July 14th at Tropical Bliss Beach in Montego Bay is the kick-off breakfast party in what is shaping up to be a stellar week of events leading up to the Main Nights for Reggae Sumfest 2019. Tropical Bliss Beach is perhaps one of the most iconic must-see stops for visitors to Montego Bay.
Both the ‘Touchdown King’ Stylo G, and the ‘Soca Monarch’ Skinny Fabulous will provide epic entertainment at this gorgeous venue.
Spinning music to keep everyone dancing from 6 am to 1 pm will be Mobay’s own Crazy Neil, along with DJ Courtney, Jigga and Antsman.
The dress code is beach chic; gates open at 6am. It’s brunch inclusive and will have plenty of options for purchase at the bar.
Reggae Sumfest event info is available at www.reggaesumfest.com
ABOUT SKINNY FABULOUS
Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle, born in St Vincent, is an energetic Soca artist and a six-time St. Vincent Soca Monarch Winner.
This “135 lb” mass of on-stage madness is known as Skinny Fabulous. Both talented and versatile, he always engages and mesmerizes the crowd while on stage. With his early love of dancehall and time spent in Jamaica, combined with his Soca roots as a St. Vincentian, his baritone and catchy way of DJing his lyrics are unmistakable. Fans can catch him at this year’s Mawnin’ Medz – one of the pre-parties prior to Reggae Sumfest.
ABOUT STYLO G
Jason McDermott — Stylo G — was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica but relocated to London at age 12. Stylo is known for his creative British-Jamaican reggae-fusion style.
Along with his own hit singles “My Yout”, “Call Mi a Leader” and “Soundbwoy” (which peaked at #18 on the UK Single’s Chart), Stylo was also featured on the hit song “Come Over” by the British electronic group Clean Bandit. His new single “Touch Down” is lighting up the charts featuring Hip Hop Hottie Nicki Minaj and Dancehall Don Vybz Kartel. It has everyone on their feet in their tracksuits and Air Force of course.
ABOUT REGGAE SUMFEST
Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival, showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music, as well other popular global genres of music. Now in its 27th year, the world’s greatest Jamaican reggae/dancehall music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genres that originated in Jamaica that have broadly influenced the chart topping urban and pop music of today. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting three of the country’s most valuable products – the music, the culture, and the island itself as a global tourist destination. This has been expanded on a grand scale globally by the high quality widely promoted live streaming and video content made available of Reggae Sumfest on broadcast and streaming platforms, taking Jamaican music, artists, and culture to every continent and country on earth. Reggae Sumfest is one of the most viewed music festivals in the world.
Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue and develop these long-standing brand partnerships in ways that enhance their experiential relationship with Sumfest, the Jamaican people, and the entire international reggae and dancehall community. Sumfest is owned and produced DownSound Entertainment Ltd.
$45US advance tickets are available on as well as reggaesumfest.com and
Sarkodie is undoubtedly Ghana’s biggest music export, since his emergence in the music scene ten(10) years, he has relentlessly not failed to consistently put Ghana on the world map, winning most international awards including the BETs . In view of this, BET international proudly congratulates their award winner and Ghana’s finest rapper, Sarkodie in their most recent post. The internationally acclaimed entertainment giants took to their social media handles, to express how proud they are of Sarkodie for winning the biggest award at this year’s VGMA night, the Artist of the decade honour.
Following Sarkodie’s win at the 2012 BET awards as the best international act-Africa and his subsequent nomination in the same category at the 2014 edition, the organizers evidently are very excited and proud that the accolade didn’t become a tool of complacency, but rather paved way for soaring greater heights and staying consistent and very relevant in the music world. Sarkodie during the 20th edition got declared winner of the biggest honour for the night, beating stiff competition from Samini, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.
Following the fracas that took place at 2019 VGMA night between celebrated dancehall acts, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy the two were invited by the police yesterday for a probe into the matter. After which both artist were taken into police custody for further investigations by the police into the incident. As at today afternoon, iChris(Myself) can vividly confirm the two are still held up in the police cells and their lawyers have already began proceedings for a possible bail to be granted. Meanwhile, the event organizers, Charter House in a recent press statement stated that, they have reported the case to the police as a law abiding organization as they are. And though both artists have not yet been charged with any legal suit, it not quite clear who may or may not go to jail. Shatta Wale’s father, Charles Mensah Snr also registered his displeasure by questioning why his son should be arrested, arguing that Shatta Wale was not the one brandishing a gun.
Now, to those who are yet learning about this incidence in question, a brevity of it is that; Stonebwoy was announced winner of the coveted raggae/dancehall artist of the year and as he went on stage for the award presentation, Shatta Wale who was allegedly ‘unhappy’ about the victory over him, stormed the stage with his squad. Which led to a fight between his squad and Stonebwoy’s, during which Stonebwoy allegedly pulled out a gun but swiftly put it back. This incidence brought the show to a halt for a while and continued with later with Samini’s performance.
A feature of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards one can not just afford to miss out on is the Razzle-dazzle that goes on the VGMA red carpet. The glitz, the glamour and the stunning looks that characterises the red carpet event gives patrons some of their most intriguing fashion experiences. And this years red carpet was no different, as top celebrated personalities brought their usual A-game to the red carpet, with most of them exceptionally slaying it to the heights with dazzling looks.
Meanwhile, the red carpet was hosted by 3fm drive time host, Giovanni Calib alongside the adorable Sika. Among the most outstanding slayers were the likes of Jackie Appiah, Adina, Wendy Shay, Lydia Forson, Efya, Benedicta Gafar, Gifty Osei and Gloria Sarfo. Dapper male celebrity looks included James Gardiner, Kidi, Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Elikem Kumordze, DJ Vyrusky, Adjetey Annan, Kwesi Arthur, Akwaboah, Trigmatic and King Promise who again was in a big shoe. Not forgetting the weirdest red carpet looks, that is males spotted in gowns.
Check out the red carpet moment;
The hardest hits/ top slayers:
Runtown has released the track list of his forthcoming album titled “Tradition”. THe promised to release an EP on the 31st of May, 2019, to that effect he decided to let go of the tracklist. Check on the tracklist below and also pre-add to your library
It’s a grand festival of music as the 2019 Vodafone Ghana music Awards(VGMA) coincides with the 20th anniversary of the awards scheme, and as anticipated, Ghana’s biggest music night, the VGMA lived up to high expectations to thrill patrons with the extravagance, glitz and glamour of the 20 years celebration…
Live updates of winners:
Hiplife song of the year: Yaa Pono ft Stonebwou – Obia wo ne master
Hip hop song of the year: Kwesi Arthur – Anthem
Raggae/Dancehall song of the year: Shatta Wale – Gringo
OWMI is a duo based in Copenhagen – consisting of singer Bashir Billow and guitarist Jakob Miang. Theycraft experimental sounds enriched by a backcloth of electronic soundscapes and soulful vocals. Both members were raised in Denmark but their roots extend from East Africa to Brazil and with a deep affection for hand played music and the possibilities of present day music technology, OWMI invites you into an eclectic and memorable musical universe.
Touted as Ghana’s biggest music night, the Vodafone Ghana music awards(VGMA) is undoubtedly the most prestigious music awards event in Ghana. Since it’s inception in 1999, it has grown into an internationally acclaimed music awards stage, where the crème de la crème in Ghana’s music industry battle it out to flaunt their superiority and prominence in the Ghanaian music scene, as well as a plushest red carpet for top celebrity slayers. As the VGMA marks it’s 20 anniversary this year, this year’s edition promises to be a history in the making and unforgettable.This year’s edition is slated for today and Giovani Caleb and Sika Osei will be steering affairs on the red carpet, the main event will be hosted by ace broadcaster, Kwami Sefa Kayi who emceed the awards from 1999 till 2007 consecutively, alongside Berla Mundi who is hosting it for the second consecutive time plus DJ Black. Enlisted performers includes all the current biggest names from Ghana and the African diaspora, thus Ghana’s 4Ss Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, our 4Ks King Promise, Kwesi Arthur, Kidi and Kuami Eugene plus AmG Medikal, Amakye Dede, Tinny, Efya, Diana Hamilton and Adina. Also, from the diaspora are Cassper Nyovest from South Africa and Burma Bwoy from Nigeria. There are rumours of change of venues, from the AICC auditorium to a dome right opposite it for tonight’s event.
Let’s now take a look at the two most fiercely competed categories, Artist of the decade and Artist of the year. For Artist of the decade, only Sarkodie and Samini qualify the nod if we’re going strictly by the category definition, thus “…..Artiste adjudged by the Board as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity over the last decade. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album within the last 10 years”. Sarkodie merits this award more than Samini because he’s done better than Samini since his first emergence at the VGMA in 2009, bagging 5 awards and winning a BET almost afterwards(being the first Ghanaian to win a BET award) thus in 2012. Moreover, Sarkodie currently has to his credit arguably Ghana’s biggest song of all time, ‘Adonai’ which won the Song of the Year at the 2015 VGMA and currently has over 64 million views on YouTube (unprecedented), rendering it as the most viewed Ghanaian music video ever on the audiovisual platform and undisputedly the biggest single from Ghana within the last decade.
On the other hand, stiff competitor Shatta Wale rather merits the Artist of the for his dominance in the year under contention, plus the release of his ‘reign’ album which got enlisted in the billboard top ten albums. Now check out our list of projected winners:
Artist of the decade – Sarkodie
Artiste of the Year – Shatta Wale
Highlife Song of the Year: King Promise – CCTVHiplife
Song of the Year: Sarkodie- Can’t let you go ft King Promise
Gospel Song of the Year: DianaHamilton – Mo Ne Yo
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year: Stonebwoy – Top Skanka
Afropop Song of the Year: King Promise – Tokyo feat Wizkid
Hip hop song of the year: Medikal – How Much Remix feat Sarkodie, Omar SterlingGospel Artiste of the Yea – Diana Hamilton
Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Stonebwy
Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene
Songwriter of the Year – Akwaboah – Hye Me No
Record of the Year – Stonebwoy – Tomorrow
Best Video of the Year:Sarkodie – Biibi Ba feat Amerado, Kofi Mole, Tulenkey, Yeyo, 2Fingers, Frequency, LJ, O’Bkay, CJ Biggerman (Dir Babs)
Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year -Kwesi Arthur
Male Vocalist of the Year – Akwaboah
Female Vocalist of the Year – Adina
Group of the Year – R2BeesRapper of the Year – Sarkodie
Best Collaboration of the Year *Stonebwoy – Kpoo Keke feat Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes, Kelvyn Boy
African Artiste of the Year – Davido
Best New Artist of the Year – Wendy Shay
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year: Kpoo Keke – Stonebwoy ft. Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes, Kelvyn Boy
Album of the Year – Reign – Shatta Wale
Producer of the Year – MOG BeatsInstrumentalist of the Year – Enoch Owuraku
Best African Collaboration – Tokyo – King Promise Ft Wizkid.