Los Angeles, California – February 17, 2024 – Ghana’s Stonebwoy took his signature sound and authentic dancehall experience to Marina Green Park in L.A. California, performing at this year’s Cali Vibes Festival on Saturday (February 17).
A luminary in contemporary afropop and lauded for his profound lyricism and remarkable achievements in the global music scene, the Ghanaian musician headlined the festival’s Boomyard Stage, captivating the audience with his energetic performance and global appeal. The performance marked his first international outing this year, two months, since he reaffirmed his status as one of Africa’s most exciting musical exports with his sold-out BHIM Festival at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on Friday, December 22.
Throughout his set, Stonebwoy treated fans to an electrifying showcase of his hit songs, seamlessly blending infectious rhythms with poignant storytelling. From chart-toppers like “Gidigba”, “Run Go” “People Dey”, “Non-Stop”, “Apotheke” to soul-stirring anthems. In a special tribute to the legendary Bob Marley, he also delivered a stirring remake of “Buffalo Soldier” which features he vocals. On the night, Stonebwoy commanded the stage with his magnetic presence, igniting a palpable energy that reverberated throughout the venue.
With a lineup of upcoming shows that span the globe, including the Rolling Cocoa Festival in Washington DC on March 9 and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California from June 21 to 23, Stonebwoy’s journey is far from over. Notable stops along the way include the Island Rock Concert on February 23, later this month and the Austin Reggae Festival in Texas on April 19 promising audiences an unforgettable experience filled with infectious rhythms and uplifting vibes.
International afropop artiste Stonbewoy will speak at this year’s Island Music Conference, slated for Kingston, Jamaica from February 21st to 25th, 2024.
The BET award-winner will participate in panel discussions covering various aspects of the music industry, including role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the music industry, the nuances of publicity, branding strategies, artiste management, digital music marketing strategies, effective money management among others, where he will share his wealth of experience and knowledge on the global music industry as professional and executive. Additionally, he will join a talk-debate titled “How to Make the News,” delving into effective strategies for capturing media attention in the digital age.
The multi-award-winning Ghanaian musician will be joining forces with iconic names such as Shaggy, Masicka, Marcia Griffiths, Teejay, Konshens, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, R&B singer Mya, filmmaker Jay Will, T&T soca artiste Kes and SVG’s Skinny Fabulous and other prominent executives who represent a wide range of creative industries.
Stonebwoy represents the resounding success of people of Ghanaian and African heritage in the global entertainment industry. He is acclaimed for his profound lyricism and creating a platform that has significantly contributed to the global recognition and appreciation of African music.
Over the years Stonebwoy has has emerged as a key catalyst for bridging the gap between Ghana and the Caribbean through his standout collaborations with leading Jamaican artistes, such as Beenie Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Morgan Heritage, Jahmiel, and more. His popular reggae & dancehall and afrobeats concert series, “BHIM FESTIVAL,” held in Ghana, has become a premier platform for Jamaican artists. Recent editions of the festival have featured performances from acclaimed Jamaican artists, most notably Jahmiel, 10Tik, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, and Morgan Heritage.
The annual conference serves as a gathering where global top brass music industry executives and professionals from around the world come together to share experiences and engage in discussions on topics such as commercial success, organic movement, genre-bonding opportunities, building global music bridges and mastering platforms. Chaired by renowned dancehall singer Shaggy, the Island Music Conference (ICM) aims to foster the growth of Caribbean music on a global scale, connecting stakeholders such as artists, songwriters, producers, and musicians with the pulse of the international music industry.
BET award-winning afropop singer Stonebwoy performed at a ceremony that recognized and honored business and political leaders across Africa on Friday, January 26th, 2024.
Organized by Africa Prosperity Network, in collaboration with the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana and the AfCFTA Secertariate, the Presidential Gala Dinner and annual Africa Prosperity Champions Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished Africans across various sectors, aligned with the Africa Prosperity Agenda.
Introduced as the “biggest music export from Ghana,” the celebrated Ghanaian musician stunned audiences at the private industry event as he debuted his latest single, “Believe in Africa,” accompanied by his band and orchestra. The song is an anthem urging and encouraging Africans to embrace their heritage, celebrate their diversity, and work together towards a more improved and prosperous tomorrow.
Stonebwoy also delved into his catalog and performed some classics and purpose-driven songs, such as Angelique Kidjo-assisted “Manodji” (off his 5th Dimension album), 2014’s “Run Go,” “Everlasting,” and “Into the Future.”
The Presidential Gala Dinner and 2024 edition of Africa Prosperity Champions Awards were held at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra, and were honored by the presence of Ghana’s president, H.E. Nana Akuffo Addo, First Lady of Ghana. H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, former Head of State; H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; H.E. Mohammed Irfaan Ali; H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo; the President of the Republic of Senegal; H.E. Macky Sall; and H.E. Sahle-Worķ Zewde, President of Ethiopia, among others.
🎶“…I believe in Africa”
For the first time on stage, @stonebwoy delivers an exclusive, soothing performance of "Believe In Africa," at the Africa Prosperity Champions Awards 2024, hosted by Africa Prosperity Network at Kempinski Hotel in Ghana🤩👏. #BelieveInAfrica pic.twitter.com/SxtShJiDUl
— Burniton Music Group® (@BurnitonMSG) January 27, 2024
International Afropop, Dancehall & Reggae artist Stonebwoy has been confirmed for the All Africa Festival (AAF) on February 2, 2024, at Etihad Park, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The gig, returning for its 3rd edition, is acclaimed as the UAE’s largest celebration of Africa’s rich and diverse cultures in all their vibrant expressions and representations. This fun-packed event will bring together residents and visitors alike for a 3-day-long entertainment and culturally immersive extravaganza.
Stonebwoy currently boasts millions of streams across all platforms. His music blends Afropop, dancehall, and reggae influences into a captivating sound showcased across five magnificent albums, including “5th Dimension,” which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard World Reggae Chart. His influence and enormity in the music industry are underscored by sold-out tours spanning Europe, the UK, America, and Canada, as well as drawing over 50 thousand audiences to the 40,000-seater Accra Sports Stadium for the BHIM Concert in 2023.
The All Africa Festival seeks to build on previous successes, attracting residents and tourists to what has become an annual event that celebrates not only the diversity of African culture but also the equally culturally diverse landscape for which the UAE is known. The festival will present a mosaic of uniquely curated experiences that pay homage to the spirit of Africa and its people residing in different corners of the world.
On Friday (Dec. 22), Ghana music reached a new height with Stonebwoy’s hugely sold-out to capacity concert at Ghana’s historic Accra Sports Stadium, which affirmed his position as the biggest voice in today’s global recognition of Ghana-African music.
In a night that will undoubtedly go down in music history, 1GAD mesmerized a colossal crowd at the forty-thousand capacity sports complex during the star-studded 2023 edition of the BHIM Festival, which featured not only his stellar performance but also an array of top-notch guest artists from the Caribbean. Having had a phenomenal run in the global music scene in 2023 and heralding a new age of music influenced by the African Caribbean vibrant sights and sounds, Stonebwoy delivered a spellbinding performance that showcased his musical prowess and stage presence.
Accra Sports Stadium plunged into darkness, illuminated solely by the glow of phone lighters scattered throughout the audience, and anticipation building as the ground beneath the stage split open to reveal a rising platform. In a breath-taking moment, Stonebwoy ascended from below, captivating the audience with a grand entrance that set the tone for an extraordinary night. Once in the spotlight, Stonebwoy dazzled the crowd with an extravagant costume that seamlessly blended artistic expression with performance flair. The outfit, a testament to the artist’s creativity, played a pivotal role in enhancing the visual spectacle of the night, reflecting and refracting the vibrant stage lights.
Stonebwoy commenced the first of his three sets with an eclectic performance of “Manodzi,” which features multi-grammy award-winning international singer Angelique Kidjo. With elaborate lighting and an array of dancers, the crowd got wilder – loudly singing every lyric in sync and even climbing the stage – as Stonebwoy went deeper into the set, which saw him perform live renditions of songs off his chart-topping body of work “5th Dimension,” such as “Life and Money”, “African Systems”, “Forget”, “My Sound”, “More Of You”, “Into The Future”, “Secre Lover”, “Ava Wum Lo” and more.
As his 2019 smash “Kpokeke” began his second set, many fans left their seats and began dancing in the aisles. Before his final set, which seamlessly transitioned into collaborations with a line-up of local guest artists, BHIM Concert 2023 marked the inaugural performances in the country of this year’s international guest artists, who shared the stage with the forty-thousand festivalgoers. The stage came alive with energy as Jamaican music sensations Jahmiel and 10Tik shared the spotlight, adding new dimensions to this year’s elevated concert experience.
The stage was a canvas of creativity, with innovative and visually stunning designs that transported the audience into a different world. The interplay between lighting effects and the stage settings enhanced the overall aesthetic, creating a mesmerizing environment that perfectly complemented the music. The synchronized light displays added an extra layer of drama, making each moment on stage unforgettable. Aural perfection was also achieved with a state-of-the-art sound system that brought music to life. Accra Sports Stadium resonated with clear audio, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the sonic journey.
Later in the show, Stonebwoy announced that the popular BHIM Concert will become a multi-day cultural and music celebration next year. The concert has established itself as Ghana’s largest-scale and highly patronised artist-led music festival and once again proved to be a highlight on the music festival calendar. Since its inception, the festival has featured a huge line-up of highly reputed musical artists from across Africa and the Caribbean, most notably Busy Signal, Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage, and more.
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International musician Jahmiel has been announced as the guest headline act for popular BHIM Concert, a Africa-caribbean music concert created by musician Stonebwoy.
The annual music and arts festival, now in its 7th instalment, is scheduled for Accra Sports Stadium, on Friday, December 22. The event promises an immersive experience aimed at uniting African and Caribbean roots through a carefully curated line-up featuring a diverse array of musicians from various corners of the African continent and the diaspora.
Jahmiel, celebrated as one of the ultimate superstars of reggae & dancehall, gained prominence with the breakout hit “Gain The World” in 2015. Over the next several years, more successful singles followed, including the internationally acclaimed “Years to Come” in 2016, “Strongest Soldier” in 2017 and “U Me Luv” in 2018.
The BHIM Concert 2023 marks Jahmiel’s first-ever career performance in Ghana following his foray into the Ghanaian musical industry which came via his collaborative song ‘Motion’, composed by Ghanaian BET award-winning singer Stonebwoy. The standout track arrived off Stonebwoy’s 2020 LP “Anloga Junction,” which was awarded Album of the Year by ReggaeVille.
Created by revered Ghanaian-international musician Stonebwoy, Bhim Concert has established itself as Ghana’s largest-scale and most well-attended artist-led music festival, expanding on the success of previous editions. Since its inception, the festival has featured a huge lineup of highly reputed musical artistes from across Africa and the Caribbean, most notably Busy Signal, Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage and more.
You can find more information about tickets for this year’s event via Bhim Concert’s website: https://bhimconcert.com/ or dial *714*2023# For tables and reservations call +233501550000
London, November 18, 2023 – Ghanaian reggae and afropop star Stonebwoy joined Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night, as part of her 40th anniversary concert. The two artists performed their collaborative single Manodzi, a song that celebrates the resilience and diversity of African cultures, in front of a packed and enthusiastic audience.
Stonebwoy, who is one of the most popular musicians in Ghana and Africa, expressed his gratitude and admiration for Kidjo, who he described as a “legend” and a “mentor”. He also praised her for her contribution to the global recognition and appreciation of African music. “It’s an honour and a privilege to be here with you tonight. You are a living legend, a mentor, and a role model for me and many others. You have paved the way for us to showcase our talent and our culture to the world. Thank you for inviting me to share this stage with you,” he said.
Kidjo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time, reciprocated the compliments and thanked Stonebwoy for his collaboration and friendship.
The concert was a celebration of Kidjo’s 40-year career spanning catalogue, which includes 14 studio albums, four Grammy awards, and collaborations. The night also featured performances from artists such as Laura Mvula, Grammy-nominated trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, and Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour.
The audience, which included fans from different backgrounds and generations, cheered and danced along to the music, creating a festive and joyful atmosphere. Some of the attendees shared their impressions and reactions on social media, praising the performance and the message of the concert. “What a night! Angelique Kidjo and Stonebwoy were amazing. They brought the house down with their energy and talent. I loved every minute of it,” one user wrote on Twitter. “This was more than a concert. It was a celebration of Africa, of music, of life. Angelique Kidjo is a force of nature, and Stonebwoy is a star. They made me proud to be African,” another user commented on Instagram.
Ghanaian reggae, dancehall and afropop artiste Stonebwoy has signed a brand ambassador deal with Ghanaian multinational beverage corporation Twellium Industrial Company.
The news was made public on Sunday (November 12) when videos from the exclusive signing was published online. This comes following Stonebwoy’s stellar run this year, marked by the release of the well-received album ‘’5th Dimension”, numerous sold-out tours across Europe, the UK, North America, and Canada, as well as recognitions from GRAMMYS and Billboard.
While specific details of the deal are yet to be disclosed, the 2015 BET award-winning artiste, now the face of Twellium Industrial Company’s ‘’Bigoo” range of drinks, is expected to leverage his enviable global popularity to enhance the company and brand’s awareness, as well as increase sales through upcoming commercial campaigns and activations. The deal underscores the Twellium Industrial Company’s commitment to the rapidly growing Ghanaian and African market.
Stonebwoy’s recent ambassadorial agreement is the latest addition to his growing portfolio of partnerships and endorsements, boasting associations with Chinese mobile phone manufacturing company Tecno Mobile, energy drinking producing company Big Boss, transport & ride-hailing app Yango, rice producing company Lilo, cryptocurrency company Yellow Card, and, most recently beauty and cosmetic firm GC Brand (Ghandour Cosmetics), announced about three months ago.
Bigoo is a soft drink line developed, bottled, and distributed in Ghana by Twellium Industrial Ghana, introduced to the Ghanaian market in 2019. The Bigoo Drink offers a variety of flavors such as Cocktail, Apple, Coconut, Cola, Lemon Lime, Strawberry, Tamarind, Grape, and Orange, providing consumers with great taste and superior value.
A leading name in African music circles, Stonebwoy is credited with pioneering and powering the Afro-dancehall music genre into a globally accepted cultural phenom. The artist is gearing up for his highly anticipated BHIM Festival at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday, December 22, 2023. Prior to that, he is set to travel to London to perform as a special guest at the Royal Albert Hall for multi-GRAMMY award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo’s 40th career anniversary on November 17th.
International independent music publishing firm, Ultra Music Publishing has congratulated African powerhouse Stonebwoy for his GRAMMYS award nomination and enormously playing a pivotal role on a GRAMMYS nominated album.
On Friday, November 10, the Recording Academy unveiled the nominees for the 66th Grammy Awards, with the Ghanaian singer earning a nod in the Best Reggae Album category for his role as a co-writer and featured artist. Stonebwoy’s nomination stems from his collaboration with dancehall icon Beenie Man on the track ‘’Zimm,” a standout single from the ‘’Simma” album.
‘’Congratulations to our incredible creatives who are nominated for this year’s Grammys. Proud and honored to be working alongside all of you,” shared Ultra Music Publishing on Instagram, accompanied by a flyer detailing all creatives, including featured artists, writers, performers, producers, and more, who worked on Beenie Man’s ‘’Simma” album.
This marks the fifth time Stonebwoy has been acknowledged by the Recording Academy for his contributions as a co-writer and featured artist on Grammy-nominated projects.
At the 64th Grammys, the albums ‘’Pamoja” by Etana, ‘’Live N Livin” by Sean Paul, and ‘’Royal” by Jesse Royal each secured a nomination in the “Best Reggae Album” category, featuring guest contributions from Stonebwoy, showcasing his consistent delivery of exceptional musical contributions. In September 2020, the Ghanaian music legend received a certificate for his featured musician role on Morgan Heritage’s Grammy-nominated album ‘’Avrakedabra.”
However, Stonebwoy is no stranger to the Grammy Awards scheme and its platforms. In 2021, he was named to the Grammy Recording Academy Class of 2021. Recently, the Universal Music Group & DefJam signed artiste appeared on the scheme’s editorial platforms, such as the Global Spin, delivering a live performance of “Manodzi” featuring Angelique Kidjo and participating in the ‘It Goes To Eleven’ series to discuss his creative process.
Special guest Stonebwoy will join Angélique Kidjo for her concert at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2023.
The Beninese singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner will be holding a celebration of her 40-year career-spanning catalog, performing her greatest hits accompanied by her band and the Chineke! Orchestra. As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, this remarkable event will pay tribute to the extensive career of one of Africa’s best-known pop voices, hailed as ‘Africa’s premier diva’.
She will also be joined by notable musicians, including singer Laura Mvula, Grammy-nominated trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, and Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour.
Ghanaian singer-songwriter and energetic performer Stonebwoy has fostered a vibrant and positive creative bond with Angélique Kidjo, stemming from his passion for creating exceptional music that transcends boundaries. Recently, he released his most prestigious video to date for the brand new single, Manodzi (which is being considered for a Grammy award nomination in the Best Africa Music Performance Category), featuring Angélique Kidjo. The video reflects the message behind the single Manodzi well.
Stonebwoy, credited with pioneering and powering the afro-dancehall music genre into a global cultural and musical phenomenon, has become a prominent figure and distinguishable voice in the African reggae and dancehall scene.
With a career that began in 2009, he has released five remarkable albums, including the 2023 Billboard-rated album “5th Dimension,” which received consideration for nomination at the upcoming 66th Grammy Awards across the “Best Global Music Album” and “Best Reggae Album” categories and has achieved impressive physical and digital sales, with numerous chart-topping hits across Africa and beyond. His influence on the Ghanaian musical landscape is undeniable, making him a distinguished and influential voice in the global music scene.
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