Stonebwoy Gives Thanks and Praise to Jah for 2011.
Stonebwoy Burniton started the year 2011 on a high note as he was named the “Dancehall King of 2010”. The event “Dancehall King and Queen” started with its first edition in 2010, organised by Billy Jane of Labadi Beach fame in Accra, Ghana. There wasn’t a great deal of promotions but the hard core and genuine Dancehall/Reggae music lovers knew the event was taking place and attended to cheer on their favourite act. The event aimed at having six acts namely Stonebwoy, Bandana, Commander Messiah, Fiifi Selah, Partan and LinguaKat competing for the Grand title of the Dancehall Champion. The six acts met and randomly chose their numbers as to the order of performance. The same was done to select the queen to rep each king. The queens had to dance for their title where the kings battled by way of performing their own dancehall tunes. The competition only went to the second round and Stonebwoy Burniton was declared the WINNER and named the “Dancehall King of 2010” receiving the prize of a motorbike.
That title was then due to propel Stonebwoy’s début album in 2011 but his unofficial affiliations with Samini Music meant that more work needed to be done to master the album and hence his fans still await the promised album. Amidst his mid and high moments, Stonebwoy has continued to write more content and record tunes to allow a variety of tracks to select from eventually when he sat down to compile the track listing for the début album. He currently has 2 main singles playing on the airwaves both in Ghana and abroad, namely “Climax” and ” Push It”. As the pressure for releasing the album this year reduced, he has been able to concentrate on delivering to his fans in and out of the capital some of the tracks he has been working on in the studios. One could call it an ‘Unofficial’ tour with the gigs that he attended and performed at, especially those put together by Radio Stations, Universities and Polytechnics.
The last quarter of the year in his words “showed acknowledgement for all the hard work I have been putting in so far. To name just two of the shows I had the opportunity to rock the stage at, I would have to say: LOUD IN GH on 17th December put together by YFM and MTN where I had a massive response from crowd at the Accra Conference Centre (The DOME) and the big outdoor event, the Vodafone Facebook Omotuo Party held at the Chemu Park in Tema Community 7 the day after, which I also rocked.”
Presently an album with the title GRADE#1 which is yet to be packaged, with videos left to be polished, so that the promotions can begin is in place. It is an 18track album with other cover versions for the street Mix. The biggest challenge faced by Stonebwoy (and indeed a lot of the up and coming talented artists in Ghana and Africa as a whole) is the “existence of official management and executives” but indeed by all means a lot is going to be seen from the Burniton Stonebwoy.
“I employ with my fans to hold on to me, continue with their prayers and support as they have always done for me so far in my career. The coming is not always easy when it has to do with the best.”
There is no better way to end the year for one who started it as a “Dancehall King” but to share the same stage with Busy Signal, Kiprich, Sonni Balli, Samini, Black Prophet, Iwan, Jupiter, Richie, Zigi, Eazzy, Castro, Kaki to name a few and have The Red Bull Club DJ of the year DJ Mic Smith on the decks at the “Resolution 2012” at the Accra Conference Centre (The DOME) on 30th December, 2012.
In case you have not decided to attended and would also like to see Stonebwoy’s Empress, here’s what Stonebwoy Burniton has to say:
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