Stonebwoy

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Stonebwoy
Born 1988 (age 29–30)
Ashaiman, Ghana
Origin Alakpe-Anloga, Ghana
Genres Afropop, Dancehall, Reggae
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, Ragga
Years active 2009–present
Labels Burniton Music Group, Zylofon Media[1]
Associated acts Sarkodie (rapper), Kwaw Kese, Stay Jay, Kranium Davido, etc
Website stonebwoyofficial.com

Stonebwoy is the stage name of Livingstone Etse Satekla, a Ghanaian afropop, dancehall and reggae artiste. He is the CEO of Burniton Music Group. In 2015, he won Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards.[2] He is recognized as one of the leading Reggae and Dancehall artists in Ghana.[3][4][5]

Life and music career[edit]

Satekla was born in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra region of Ghana and began making music in his early school days. He studied at Methodist Day Secondary School the same year with rapper Sarkodie where he gained his High School Certificate. He continued his tertiary education at University of Professional Studies to earn a degree in Marketing in 2013.

He began performing as Stonebwoy since high school as an underground rapper. With motivation from his family, he appeared on a popular rap competition "Kasahare Level" on Adom FM (an Accra based radio station) which featured Sarkodie, Dr Cryme and the like, where knocked out several other rappers gaining himself underground popularity. It was through these rap battles and his style of music which caught the eye of Samini to sign him to his "Samini Music" record label.[6]

2012: Grade 1 Album[edit]

Under "Samini Music", Stonebwoy recorded his first hit single "Climax" featuring Samini and subsequently "Ghetto Love" featuring Irene Logan. Both songs earned him nominations at the Ghana Music Awards. After this exposure, he released his debut album "Grade 1 Album". The album contains seventeen tracks which featured prominent Ghanaian artists including Tinny and Edem aside from those mentioned above. The release of the debut album made the Stonebwoy brand a household name in the music industry.[7]

2014: Necessary Evil[edit]

In 2014, Satekla released his second album, called the Necessary Evil. It consists of twenty-nine tracks, including the famous Baafira track that featured Sarkodie (rapper). The album was the recipient of three Ghana Music Awards from six nominations.[8]

2017: Epistles of Mama[edit]

Released on December, 2017; the Epistles of Mama was dedicated to Satekla's late mother by name Mrs Catherine Lucy Aku Ametepi Satekla. The 29 track album features Sean Paul, King Promise, Burna Boy.[9]

Recognition and musical style[edit]

Stonebwoy often ragga in Jamaican Patois (Patwa or Patwah), and is considered a "multifaceted rapper" due to the various musical styles he possess. In 2015, he received many awards and nominations ranging from "Artist of the Year" to "Album of the Year". His sophomore album, Necessary Evil, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 6 nominations.[10]

Philanthropy[edit]

Stonebwoy established the ‘Livingstone Foundation’.[11] In January, 2017 the foundation announced a sponsorship package for five students of the Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, his alma mater.[12]

World tours and notable performances[edit]

Stonebwoy kicked off his world tour in the Euro-zone in August 2014.[13] He performed in Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria. His 2016 Canada-America tour saw him perform in New York City, Ohio, Philadelphia and Ontario. In the same year, He rocked Perth, Melbourne, Bribane and Sidney all in Australia.[14] His second Euro tour saw him travel to the Nordic to thrill fans in Denmark, Finland and Sweden in last quarter of 2017.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the 2015 BET Awards, Stonebwoy became the second Ghanaian artist to win the Best International Act: Africa accolade. He was nominated for the same award in 2016.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2012: Grade 1
  • 2014: Necessary Evil
  • 2017: Epistles of Mama

Personal life[edit]

On June 16, 2017; Satekla married Louisa Ansong.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GhanaWeb. "Stonebwoy signs record deal with Zylofon Media". www.ghanaweb.com. GhanaWeb. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Ameyaw Debrah (12 April 2015). wale-and-more-win-big/ "Stonebwoy rules 2015 Ghana Music Awards, Sarkodie, Edem, Daddy Lumba, Pappy Kojo and more win big!" Check |url= value (help). ameyawdebrah.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stonebwoy Is The Best Dancehall Artiste In Ghana – Obaapa Christy". Gentlemenradio.com| Ghana Radio| Africa Radio| Ghana Music| Ghana News. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Ghanaians Captured In List of Best Dancehall Artistes of All Time". Ghana News Today | Latest News on BuzzGhana.com. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Who is the dancehall king now? Stonebwoy or Shatta Wale | This will blow your mind • XbitGh | Ghana's Hottest News Portal". www.xbitgh.com. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Stonebwoy". Bigx.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stonebwoy Burniton released debut album "Grade #1". www.dancehallreggaeworld.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Winners For 2015 Ghana Music Awards". Bigx.com. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Stonebwoy – Epistles of Mama (Full Album)". http://www.ghanamotion.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "Winners For 2015 Ghana Music Awards". Bigx.com. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "PHOTOS: STONEBWOY SPONSORS 5 STUDENTS FROM ALMA MATER TO CELEBRATE HIS MUM'S BIRTHDAY". livefmghana.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Stonebwoy's Foundation Sponsors Five Students Of His Former High School (See Photos Of Ceremony)". www.ghanacelebrities.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Stonebwoy tours Europe". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  14. ^ www.georgebritton.com http://www.georgebritton.com/events/articles/pages/97d4e680-4d56-487d-a004-3d65ff5dd5d6. Retrieved 3 January 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Stonebwoy set for European tour". //www.musicinafrica.net. Retrieved 3 January 2018.  External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ "Stonebwoy is married". www.betafrica.tv. Retrieved 3 January 2018.