Date of Birth: Saturday 05 March 1988


Stonebwoy is the stage name of Livingstone Etse Satekla (born 1988), a Ghanaian afropopdancehall 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.[1] Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the leading Reggae and Dancehall artists in the country.[citation needed]

 

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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 Leaving 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 which featured SarkodieDr Cryme and the like saw him knocking 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.[2]

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" under Samini Music which made him, Stonebwoy a household name in the music industry. In 2015 Stonebwoy signed a deal with VP Africa a division of VP Records.

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.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref
2016 People Dey Best Reggae/Dancehall Video Nominated [4]
Best West African Video Nominated [5]

Ghana Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Himself Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year[6] Nominated
2015 Himself Reggae Song Of The Year 2012[7] Nominated
2016 Himself Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year 2016[8] Won
2016 Himself Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year 2016[9] Won

Bass Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Himself Album of the Year[10] Won
2015 Himself Best Performer[11] Won
2015 Himself Best Reggae Video[12] Won
2015 Himself Dancehall Artiste of the Year[13] Won
2015 Himself Artiste of the Year[14] Won
2015 Himself Reggae Song of the Year[15] Won
2014 Himself Dygjhghgghg[16] Won
2013 Himself Best Collaboration[17] Won

BET Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Himself Best International Act: Africa[18] Won[19]

African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMA)[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Himself Best African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall: AFRIMA[20] Won[21]

Videography[edit]

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

Year Title Director Ref
2017 One Thing ft. Damaris Lex McCarthy
2017 Enku Lenu Alexx Adjei
2016 Problem Faido Mugaba
2016 Go Higher Lex McCarthy [22]
2016 Mightylele Edith [23]
2016 Auntie Dede As featured artiste Prince Dovlo [24]
2016 Sheekena Featuring R2bees Lex McCarthy [25]
2016 True Love As featured artiste N/A [26]
2015 Run Go Joey William [27]
2015 Million Styles Darius Big.D

Discography[edit]

  • 2012: Grade 1 Album
  • 2014: Necessary Evil

Major singles[edit]

  • Climax featuring Samini Produced by JMJ[28]
  • Ghetto Love featuring Irene Logan Produced by JMJ[29]
  • Pull Up Produced by MixMasta Garzy[30]
  • Kwenaamu Produced by Beat Dakay[31]
  • Baafira featuring Sarkodie Produced by Beat Dakay[32]
  • Sheekena featuring R2Bees Produced by Beat Dakay[33]
  • Body Hot As featured artiste[34]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ 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.
  2. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy". Bigx.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. Jump up^ "Winners For 2015 Ghana Music Awards". Bigx.com. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. Jump up^ http://www.wazobiaforum.com/post/24957/yemi-alade-wizkid-cassper-diamond-rihanna-shatta-wale-nominated-for-2016-watsup-tv-africa-music-video-awards
  5. Jump up^ https://www.monteoz360.com/2016/10/wamva2016-full-nominees-list-of-2016-watsup-tv-africa-music-video-awards/
  6. Jump up^ "2013 VGMA Nominations: The Complete List". Ghana Music•com™. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  7. Jump up^ "2012 Ghana Music Awards Complete List". Ghana Music•com™. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  8. Jump up^ "Full list of winners for 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". DCLeakers.com. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  9. Jump up^ "Full list of winners for 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". DCLeakers.com. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  11. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  12. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  13. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  14. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  15. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2015 Bass Awards". DCLeakers. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  16. Jump up^ http://www.ameyawdebrah.com/ras-kuku-stonebwoy-blak-rasta-others-win-big-bass-awards/
  17. Jump up^ "Full List Of Winners Of The 2013 Bass Awards". OMG Ghana. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  18. Jump up^ "Best International Act: Africa". BET.com. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  19. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy wins Best International Act Africa at BET Awards". citifmonline.com. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  20. Jump up^ "Best African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall: AFRIMA". Ameyaw Debrah. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  21. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy wins Best Dancehall Artist at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMA )". Ameyaw Debrah. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  22. Jump up^ "Watch Stonebwoy looks debonair, honours late mum in "Go Higher" video"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  23. Jump up^ "Watch Stonebwoy coerces girlfriend to rob man in "Mightylele" video"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  24. Jump up^ "Music Video 4x4 - Auntie Dede feat. Stonebwoy"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  25. Jump up^ "Music Video Stonebwoy - Sheekena feat. R2bees"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  26. Jump up^ "Music Video Gariba - True Love feat. Stonebwoy"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  27. Jump up^ "Music Video Stonebwoy - Run Go"Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  28. Jump up^ "Audio Climax by Stonebwoy feat Samini". Ghana Music•com™. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  29. Jump up^ "Audio: Ghetto Love by Stonebwoy feat Irene Logan". Ghana Music•com™. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  30. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy - Pull Up". BiGxGh.Com. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  31. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy – Give it to dem (Kwenaamu)(Prod by Dakay)". Ghana Motion. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  32. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy baafira ft Sarkodie prod by Beatz Dakay". Ghana Motion. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  33. Jump up^ "Stonebwoy sheekena ft R2Bees prod by Beatz Dakay". Ghana Motion. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  34. Jump up^ "New Music Praiz - 'Body hot' ft Jesse Jagz, Stonebwoy"Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

 

 

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