In spite of recent tensions between the two Dancehall artistes that escalated into a brawl on the stage of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) between members of their entourages, it appears Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy might have finally called a truce.
Fans of the two on Social Media were stunned when Shatta Wale, known formally as Charles Nii Armah Mensah, shared a photo on his official account of the two seated beside each other on Thursday.
The photo was accompanied by a cryptic message from the ‘Dancehall King’ but with reconciliatory undertones on Facebook and Twitter which suggested that the pair might be working on a project together.
“Unity is strength. Love is the key to many doors. Brotherhood is Loyalty. Peace is Freedom. My brother and I got a great vision for Ghana music and we taking it to the world,” Shatta said in his post.
Unity is strength
Love is the key to many doors
Brotherhood is Loyalty
Peace is Freedom ..
My brother and I got a great vision for Ghana music and we taking it to the world ❤️.. @stonebwoyb pic.twitter.com/gnsH52SYBi
— SHATTA WALE (@shattawalegh) May 30, 2019
Reactions to the post have been overwhelmingly positive, with fans of both musicians expressing their ecstasy at the apparent reconciliation of the two stars following the fracas that marred the VGMAs.
While some have congratulated the pair on what appears to be an attempt to work out their issues others expressed their excitement about the possibility of a collaboration between the two.
— IDIOTMONEY💰🌾🇬🇭 (@AMEYAW_PAUL_) May 30, 2019
— 𝐊𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐢 𝐓𝐮𝐦𝐓𝐮𝐦 #TheTribe Album 🔜 (@kwesitumtum) May 30, 2019
I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the reunion of Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy. This is the kind of culture we want to promote to the world. Music is a force that unites, a force that builds and a force that strengths. #ShattaStone to the world👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/HHguKGVkVG
— under35experiences (@u35experiences) May 30, 2019
Stonebwoy is my DanceHall King 🤴🏽
Shatta Wale is my DanceHall King 🤴🏽
One Ghana 🇬🇭 One Music ✊🏾✌🏾
WE MOVE ! pic.twitter.com/6ke3C2FOE2
— EL-DAD (@ChristDeKing) May 30, 2019
There are a few dissenters, however, who feel that this frankly long-overdue amity might be short-lived.
You guys are acting like this is the first time Shatta and Stonebwoy have made up..lmaoo how long will it take before opana starts up another shit. let's see
— Big Mama (@Lyn_Abla) May 30, 2019
Stonebwoy’s own account was silent on this reunion with his last personal post being a promo for his upcoming performance at the finale of reality show Talented Kidz.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are two of the most talented and most supported artistes in the country.
While their rivalry had been limited to fan arguments about which artiste was better, personal attacks had definitely heightened the tensions between the two and their fans.
Shatta Wale has been accused of mocking Stonebwoy’s limp in the past, while Stonebwoy had asserted that Shatta would be shot if he lived in Jamaica.
Things came to a head at the VGMAs when Shatta Wale and his team approached the stage when Stonebwoy was receiving his award for Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste.
This sparked a confrontation between the two sides with videos later showing the Ashaiman-based singer brandishing a firearm.
Both Shatta and Stonebwoy have faced public criticism for their roles in the incident, and were arrested before being granted bail of GHc50,000 each.