Ghanaian dancehall musician, Livingstone Etse Satekla, better known as Stonebwoy, has officially apologized for the unfortunate incident that marred the VGMA 2019 event.
The 31-year-old, who was crowned the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards reggae dancehall artiste of the year for the 5th consecutive year, had called out fellow musician Shatta Wale during his acceptance speech, prompting Shatta Wale and his crew to storm the stage. In the ensuing brawl, Stonebwoy pulled a gun.
However, in a statement released on social media – Instagram and Twitter – on Sunday, Stonebwoy, who is also the boss of Burniton Music Group, extends his “sincere apologies and deepest regret for the part of” his conduct during the uproar.
In his statement, he apologised for his behaviour and sad that an attack on his wife at a concert had made him apprehensive.
He, however, apologised to the show producers and urged all Ghanaians to embrace peace.
“I would like to extend my sincere apologies and deepest regrets for the part my conduct played at what should have been the biggest celebration of Ghanaian music last night.”
“In seeking to entertain Ghanaians, I have been the victim of incessant vilification and physical attack in recent times. My own dear wife has in the past suffered a knife attack at a concert– an attack that had been meant for me and which resulted in her been rushed to a hospital. This for me been quite alarming regards to my security.”
“Such unfortunate incidents have clearly had an impact on the sense of alertness of my entire team and I. Violence can easily result in trauma-especially against those closest to us. Stonebwoy is a very respectful and well-mannered musician. I highly spoke of amongst his equals and the masses both locally and internationally, due to the high level of respect I show to all the high levels of comportment coupled with hard work.”
“I have been going through difficult times despite the gains my team and I have made musically in raising high the flag of Ghana and also at the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. I, however, accept that no matter the provocation there must be an attempt to remain calm.”
“I am taking remedial measures to ensure that there will never be a repetition of such actions. These include improving the security measures within my team. These immediate actions are to ensure that such acts do not recur, nor in any way affect my person or my profession.”
“It is my ardent hope that the show will be remembered for the showcase and appreciation of talents and not the few minutes of regretful haywire. I will continue to working hard with Charterhouse and hope this won’t in any way affect my relationship with them.”
“To Vodafone Ghana, my sincere apologies to you for bringing your brand to a low moment like this. As artistes, we appreciate what you invest and continue to invest in our talents we hope you will continue to support Ghanaian music.”
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