Already, fans of Livingstone Etse Satekla aka Stonebwoy as well as Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr. aka Shatta Wale have been throwing jabs at one another indirectly on social media for supremacy sake. Prior to both parties joining Zylofon Music, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were at loggerheads with each other for very obvious reasons.
In view of this, some people thought that joining hands together at Zylofon Music will do the magic by helping them settle their differences but hell no as the struggle and bully to claim superior to the other still unfolds. This is because fans of Stonebwoy are of the view that their favorite artiste has been silenced by the record label. To them, the treatment given to Shatta Wale surpasses that of Stonebwoy despite his international feat over the years. The unveiling of Shatta Wale says everything as in the voice of the fans.
As a result, loyal people of BHiM Nation this week descended heavily on Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of Zylofon Media, that as far as they (Zylofon Music) continue to give Shatta Wale a preferential treatment, they desire their artiste (Stonebwoy) to quash his contract with the label so he can push his brand all by himself.
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for is here as nominees for the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) have been announced today, March 3, 2018. Interestingly, the greatest rivalries in Ghana music are competing in almost every category as far as their field is concerned – Dancehall.
Over the years, Shatta Wale has been crowned as Ghana’s Dancehall King by his fans which is synonyms to that of Stonebwoy. With this scenario, the implication is that the one who’ll win more plaques will automatically silence the other and will, in turn, take hold of the “Dancehall King” tag forever.
As a reminder, Shatta Wale has been silenced by the organisers of VGMAs for a very long time and it’s obvious his fans (Shatta Movement Family) are very hungry for the award comparably to BHiM Nation – fans of Stonebwoy. Therefore, they’re ever ready to do everything humanly possible to grab all the deserving plaques.
More importantly, there’s a big problem! On records, it’s the responsibility of record labels to support their artistes to win awards whenever they’re nominated accordingly. But here’s the case Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are competing in almost the same categories (Reggae/Dancehall Song of The Year, Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of The Year, and Artiste Of The Year). So, how do Zylofon Music/Media devise a healthy strategy to support both artistes to avoid backlashes from the fans especially those who represent BHiM Nation.
The reason being that BHiM Nation representatives are convinced beyond doubt that Zylofon Media boss is madly in love and support the creative prowess of Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr. better known as Shatta Wale comparably to Stonebwoy. Shatta Wale & Stonebwoy have been nominated into the categories of Reggae/Dancehall Song of The Year, Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of The Year and artiste of the year.
Shatta Wale even went ahead to get a nomination in 3 other categories.Shatta Wale has two songs in the Song of the year category. He also got into Best collaboration of the year with ‘Taking Over’ featuring the Militants, Song of the year with Ayoo and Taking Over again and also Hiplife song of the year with ‘Ayoo’, and Stonebwoy also had nominations in Afro-Pop Song of the year with ‘Come From Afar’, Song Writer of the year with ‘My Name’ and also ‘Album Of the year with ‘Epistles Of Mama’
This means Shatta Wale landed 6 nominations in this year’s VGMA with also 6 for Stonebwoy and they happen to be competiting in 3 main categories this year.
See list below and take a critical look at the categories they belong to and share your thoughts on this in comments.
Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year
Until The Dawn-Efya
Maya Burn Dem-Article Wan
Dem Confuse—Shatta Wale
Reggae Dancehall Artiste Of The Year
Artiste of the Year For VGMA 2018