The feud that began publicly between two prominent Ghanaian artists at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards may be at an end. It started just after the ceremony when reggae star Shatta Wale insulted erstwhile friend and colleague Samini fuelling rumours of a quarrel before the award show. It has been speculated that Shatta Wale's reaction was because of a perceived slight by Samini. Shatta Wale, it is said, believed Samini had denied him some opportunities. The disagreement got to a head when Jamaican star Mavado came to Ghana.
Apparently, Shatta Wale was not allowed to perform with Mavado because Samini threatened to pull out of the event. ‘A lot of promoters called and asked me to resolve my problem with Samini,’ he said.
Bygones may now be bygones after the appearance of a letter penned by Shatta Wale apologising to Samini and other figures in the music industry. The change of heart may be because of a brewing discontent between the ‘Bandana from Ghana’ singer and BET Award winner Stonebwoy. ‘Lately,’ Shatta Wale writes, ‘there's been an external attempt to start a feud between me and my younger brother Stonebwoy, but we are above it. Let's bust a tune fi dem, I say to my young brother.’
Before the apologetic letter, Shatta Wale had tweeted just after Stonebwoy lost at the MTV Africa Music Awards (to Nigeria’s Patoranking) that, ‘Some Ghanaians are too popular in America not Africa lol.’ The tweet referred to Stonebwoy's prior win at the BET Awards held in the USA. The tweet led to speculations of a possible disagreement between the two artists.
Stonebwoy later played down the issue, saying, 'Shatta Wale has the right to his Twitter and to write whatever he wants to write. I haven't seen that but if I had...it still makes sense. I don't get hurt from that because I believe it takes effort to move from one place to the other.'
In his letter Shatta Wale also apologises to journalists, media personalities as well as the organisers of the Ghana Music Awards.
Full text below.
LETTER TO THE INDUSTRY… PEACE, BE STILL Mark 4:39
Every birth brings to every household good tidings and blessings. You and I brought joy on this plane and are blessings onto our folks and the universe as a whole.
The instance I set eyes on MAJESTY, calm and peace went up my spine, his cries were distinct with words saying "make peace daddy" I have struggled with this message for a while and prayed over it. Anytime I held him in my arms those are the words that resounds in my soul.
I have been through a lot and thankful to the lord for all my trials and tribulations. He made me strong and has always won victory for me in the face of adversity. He's kept his promise and has never disgraced me. He has in many ways spoken to me and I have listened. He's spoken to me again and I humbly oblige.
By this piece, I am calling for a suspension of hostilities in our industry and would like to ask for pardon if by my actions or inactions caused grief to all industry persons.
My code of belief has always been to wrestle against sinister motives and overcome hurdles in our industry that seeks to pull down and impoverish the Ghanaian artiste and the industry as a whole.
I mean well and hold on to my philosophy, I believe all in the industry shares the same vision and ask we join forces to wrestle our demons to see our industry thrive for posterity.
Apologies to my brother Samini and his family, to Mr. Ayoade and the staff of charterhouse and GhOne, to every journalist, blogger, media house, presenter and my colleague artistes I may have stepped on.
Lately there's been an external attempt to start a feud between me and my younger brother Stonebwoy, but we are above it. Let's bust a tune fi dem, I say to my young brother.
To my brother Samini, I say we owe the world a collaboration and a worldwide Peace Tour.
I hope my message will not be misread and misconstrued. I am not asking Charterhouse to withdraw their case against me or sought after awards and also not seeking to win the media over. Thank you.
I am carrying out the highest order as a servant of God onto mankind.
God bless Ghana and our entertainment industry. Let's get together and forge ahead.