Ghanaian afrop, reggae and dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla famously referred to as Stonebwoy in the music industry is celebrating his 33rd birthday today, 5th March, 2021.
The artiste who was shot to fame in 2009 after having stayed underground for a number of years has taken the music industry by storm ever since he made an entry into the mainstream industry.
His talent was spotted and nurtured by legendary dancehall and reggae singer, Samini. He stayed with Samini Music for a number of years before leaving to establish his own record label, Burnington Music Group.
As he marks his 33 years on earth, we want to take you through some of the smash singles he blessed Ghanaian music fans with.
This song is undoubtedly the song that shot the musician to the limelight when he was beginning to breakthrough in the industry. “Pull Up” was released in the latter part of 2013 and earned him a nomination in the 2014 Ghana Music Awards. The song was a party jam during the Christmas of 2013 and it was arguably a nationwide hit.
Stonebwoy teamed up with celebrated rapper, Sarkodie and the two churned out one of the biggest hits of Stonebwoy in his music career. Baafira was an international hit which earned Stonebwoy several nominations both locally and internationally. He won the artiste of the year in the Ghana Music Awards, 2015 with Baafira. He proceeded to win the Best International Act, Africa at the BET same year. Baafira is truly a big song for the singer.
“Nominate” is another song of Stonebwoy which deserves a spot in this list. The song features American singer, Keri Hilson. The song traveled to all corners of Africa including Europe, America and the caribbeans.
This song was recorded on the Beatz Dakay produced “One Dread Riddim”. Among all the artistes who recorded on the Riddim, “People Dey” stood out.
“Tomorrow” was the song for the streets. It spoke on behalf of the street hustler and it spoke in a language that was common with all street hustlers. The song kept Stonebwoy on top of many music charts in Ghana for weeks.
Irrespective of the nonsensical nature of this song, it was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits in Ghana at the time of its release. The song was actually a party jam and many music fans danced to it.
Stonebwoy has other notable tunes such as Bawasaba, Shuga featuring Beenie Man, Top Skanka, Run Go, Sobolo, 1Gad and a whole lot of others which surely were hits too.
Happy birthday to the 1Gad!