Ghanian dancehall artist Stonebwoy apologises after fighting and pulling a gun on fellow musician Shatta Wale.
An on-stage fight broke out at a major music awards show in Ghana after one of the country’s biggest artists went to collect a prize.
Popular dancehall star Stonebwoy had just been awarded dancehall reggae artist of the year when his musical rival, Shatta Wale, and his entourage mounted the stage.
Video footage of the brawl appears to show Stonebwoy allegedly holding a gun, BBC reported. The two men have huge followings who regularly exchange insults over who is the best artist. There were no major injuries and after a short delay the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in the capital, Accra, resumed.
During the acceptance speech for another award, the ‘Tomorrow’ hitmaker apologized. “I only had to react out of natural instincts because we all know how premeditative some people can be. We’ve seen on social media the threats and everything so we couldn’t come in unprepared. I come in peace and I go in peace and I apologise to the whole masses of Ghana that the awards is going to continue.”
He also went ahead to post a press release of his unreserved apology on Instagram during the weekend saying that he had been a victim of attacks in the past which has even led his wife to be stabbed in one incident and that is why he acted the way he did at the awards ceremony.
“My crew had good intentions” in going up on stage, Shatta Wale is quoted as saying by a Ghana entertainment site.
He said he wanted to congratulate Stonebwoy on winning the award and bring unity to the music world. On Twitter, Shatta Wale said: “Don’t play with a lion like that.”
This was the fifth year in a row that Stonebwoy who recently collaborated with Jamaicans Beenie Man and Sean Paul took the best dancehall reggae artist title. Stonebwoy is set to perform in Nairobi, Kenya on the 8th of June 2019 for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival at the Kasarani Stadium.