The two dancehall giants have stoked heated conversation on social media platform Twitter, leading the trends, after launching attacks on Charterhouse for urging the media to rise above them and celebrate other artistes.
In the midst of suggestions that the indefinite ban placed on them for disrupting last year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) should be lifted, Theresah Ayoada, Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse – organisers of the event – said the fate of Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy will be determined by the newly constituted board.
She made the comments at a press engagement in Accra and underscored the need to rather focus on other artistes.
“Can you as the media help the industry rise above these two? Let’s rise above these two and let the industry breathe and move on,” she appealed. “Sarkodie won artiste of the decade and nobody even talked about it. The industry is bigger than these two artistes and that what I what I want you to go back with. There are a lots of young people who need the opportunity so let’s move on.”
On Wednesday, Shatta Wale took a swipe at Charterhouse and the VGMAs board over the entrenched position.
“You guys don’t think, you are fools,” he said to Charterhouse in a Facebook live feed.
“The Board members, all of you are poor people. What I possess, none of you has, I can pay all of you every month,” he fired. “You don’t have anything. Most of them are disappointed musicians. You don’t know God… Don’t try me. This should be your first and last. Don’t try me. You can try this on Stonebwoy but not me.”
Stonebwoy who had earlier said he wished his ban would be extended so it serves as a deterrent to other artistes, armed himself for battle, Thursday. He described as disappointing the call on journalists to rise above him and Shatta Wale.
“May I conclude that Charterhouse does not have the interest of Ghanaian musicians and Ghana music at heart. With all due respect #MrsTeresa I’m disappointed!! Calling on Ghana media to help you quench our careers is a very low blow,” his tweet read.
Their reactions have courted controversy with tweeps sharing dissenting views. Here are a few:
Yea, but stonebwoy should forget about this and focus on his upcoming album, tours and others bro. It pains me that he’s trending but it’s not about the album, tours etc. Please, please people closer to him should alert him. Thanks https://twitter.com/ElormBeenie/status/1227808547163066369 …Elorm Beenie@ElormBeenie
“Charter House DOES NOT have the interest of Ghanaian Musicians at heart” – Stonebwoy reeks https://lnkd.in/d-WtirA via @BeenieWords #BeenieWords https://lnkd.in/dx9zPHc