Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has apologised for his actions during the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) last Saturday.
Shatta Wale and his rival Stonebwoy have been granted bail after spending a night in custody following clashes on the stage of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The police have cautioned Shatta Wale for offensive conduct while Stonebwoy has been cautioned for displaying an offensive weapon.
“Preliminary investigation, however, reveals that the disturbance occurred after Livingston Etse Satekla [Stonebwoy] was declared winner of the Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the year and had mounted the stage to receive his award. Charles Nii Armah Mensah [Shatta Wale] also moved on state uninvited, provoking a scuffle between them and their patrons.
“The two, together with one other suspect, Nii Amoo, who was seen discharging pepper spray in the auditorium… have been granted bail to be arraigned before court in due time,” DSP Effia Tenge, head of public affairs of the Greater Accra regional police command said in a statement.
Days after the incident, the management of Shatta Wale has issued a statement to apologise, clarifying circumstances leading to the incident.
“Management of Shatta Wale wishes to render a sincere apology to all patrons of the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), viewers of the event around the world, organizers of the awards, Charterhouse Productions, title sponsors, Vodafone Ghana and all Shatta Movement fans worldwide for the unfortunate incident that happened during the recently held VGMA. We further apologize for all the inconveniences caused on the night and afterwards,” the statement said.
Below is the full statement:
CLARIFICATION – EVENTS AT 20TH VODAFONE GHANA MUSIC AWARDS
Management of Shatta Wale wishes to render a sincere apology to all patrons of the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), viewers of the event around the world, organizers of the awards, Charterhouse Productions, title sponsors, Vodafone Ghana and all Shatta Movement fans worldwide for the unfortunate incident that happened during the recently held VGMA. We further apologize for all the inconveniences caused on the night and afterwards.
As planned and communicated to the organizers on the morning of the event, Shatta Wale was going to sit amongst his fans in the standard ticket section of the auditorium. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the team, Shatta Wale arrived at the venue after the event had started and had been announced as winner of two categories (Reggae Dancehall Song of the year and Highlife Song of the year). This accounted for Shatta Wale’s inability to receive the awards he won himself.
After the announcement of the winner of the Reggae Dancehall Musician of the year category, Shatta Wale decided to reposition to the VIP section to meet his father and a dignitary who had asked to see him. A member of his entourage then suggested to him to join Stonebwoy on stage to congratulate him on his win in the spirit of unity, as he had done at the 2015 4Syte Music Video awards. He agreed and asked his security team to lead him onto the stage only to be met with confrontation instigated by Blakk Cedi, Manager of Stonebwoy.
We wish to state that Shatta Wale accepted a call from Charterhouse to join forces to make the 20th anniversary of the VGMA memorable and has over the period demonstrated his commitment to this course by performing at the VGMA Nominees Jam in Kumasi and VGMA Experience Concert at the Independence Square. Shatta Wale extensively campaigned for votes and promoted the anniversary celebration using his various social media platforms. It will be very illogical for him to deliberately act in a manner to ruin and mar the same event he has spent a lot of resources to promote and urged his fans to attend. Shatta Wale meant no harm and considers this incident as unfortunate.
SHATTA MOVEMENT MUSIC PRODUCTION
Source: Daily Mail GH