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Shatta Wale in "Dancehall King" (Youtube)

The Longest Running Beef In Ghanaian Music—and Why It Should End

Breaking down Ghana's long-running feud, which has included Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini and Sarkodie.

If you listen to Ghana music, even casually, then dancehall acts Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy need no introduction.

34-year-old Shatta Wale, who rose to national fame after rebranding from his former name Bandana in 2012, is currently one of Ghana's foremost and most widely celebrated musicians, a singer and producer with a simple but catchy afro-dancehall template which he repeats to score hit after hit.

Stonebwoy is a 30-year-old afropop, dancehall, and reggae artist with a quite impressive career. He made his official debut in 2012 and has been at it ever since, bagging several achievements along the way including winning Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards. With a few lengthy albums, several international collaborations, and a couple world tours, Stonebwoy has definitely proven himself as a mainstay in Ghanaian music.

In Ghana, there has been a debate for several years on who is the "King of Dancehall," which escalated from just a debate to an intensive rivalry between three of Ghana's biggest artists. The main contenders for the country's dancehall king title are Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and reggae/dancehall singer Samini, who is seen and recognized as a veteran in the Ghanaian music space. The competition for the title has led to high tensions between the three artists, resulting in social media jabs, diss tracks, angry rants during live broadcast interviews, and much more.

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