Ghanaian dancehall artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have been banned indefinitely from participating in all aspects of the country’s foremost music award scheme, the Vodafone Music Awards (VGMAs).
Per the decision from the board, the two dancehall musicians have become ineligible for VGMAs nominations, selections and performances.
The decision was taken Thursday by the board of the award scheme following a brawl between the two who are staunch rivals to each other at the 20th anniversary of the VGMAs in Accra last Saturday, which saw Stonebwoy pulling out a handgun.
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Board member Nat Brew Amandzeba explained at a news conference that the action of the Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale on the night “brought the name of the event into disrepute”.
He stated the decision was taken after “careful deliberations” and “extensive consultation” with stakeholders in the music industry.
Interestingly, Shatta Wale posted on social media few minutes to the announcement that he has pulled out of the award scheme going forward.
“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!”, he posted on Facebook.