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Birth nameLivingstone Etse Satekla
Born1988 (age 29–30)
Ashaiman, Ghana
OriginAlakple-Anloga, Ghana
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, entrepreneur
Years active2009–present
LabelsSamini Music, Burniton Music Group, Zylofon Media[1]
Associated actsSarkodie (rapper), Kwaw Kese, Stay Jay, Kranium Davido, Danny Lampo, Samini, Becca, Sean Paul, AKA, Burna Boy, Casper Nyovest, Patoranking, Morgan Heritage, Khalia, Dizzy Dee, Jah Vinci etc

Stonebwoy is the stage name of Livingstone Etse Satekla , a Ghanaian afropop, dancehall and reggae artiste. He is the CEO of Burniton Music Group. In 2015, he won Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015.He also won the Artist of the year at theGhana Music Awards.[2] He is recognized as one of the leading Reggae and Dancehall artists in Ghana.[3][4][5]

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Life and music career

Satekla was born in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra region of Ghana and began making music in his early school days. He studied at Methodist Day Secondary School the same year with rapper Sarkodie where he gained his High School Certificate. He continued his tertiary education at University of Professional Studies to earn a degree in Marketing in 2013.

He began performing as Stonebwoy since high school as an underground rapper. With motivation from his family, he appeared on a popular rap competition "Kasahare Level" on Adom FM (an Accra based radio station) which featured Sarkodie, Dr Cryme and the like, where knocked out several other rappers gaining himself underground popularity. It was through these rap battles and his style of music which caught the eye of Samini to sign him to his "Samini Music" record label.[6]

2012: Grade 1 Album

Under "Samini Music", Stonebwoy recorded his first hit single "Climax" featuring Samini and subsequently "Ghetto Love" featuring Irene Logan. Both songs earned him nominations at the Ghana Music Awards. After this exposure, he released his debut album "Grade 1 Album". The album contains seventeen tracks which featured prominent Ghanaian artists including Tinny and Edem aside from those mentioned above. The release of the debut album made the Stonebwoy brand a household name in the music industry.[7]

2014: Necessary Evil

In 2014, Satekla released his second album, called the Necessary Evil. It consists of twenty-nine tracks, including the famous Baafira track that featured Sarkodie (rapper). The album was the recipient of three Ghana Music Awards from six nominations.[8]

2017: Epistles of Mama

Released on December 12, 2017; the Epistles of Mama was dedicated to Satekla's late mother by name Mrs Catherine Lucy Aku Ametepi Satekla. The 24 track album features Sean Paul, King Promise, Burna Boy.[9] The album peaked at Number thirteen (13) on Billboard chart top 200 albums worldwide.[10]

Recognition and musical style

Stonebwoy often ragga in Jamaican Patois (Patwa or Patwah), and is considered a "multifaceted rapper" due to the various musical styles he possess. In 2015, he received many awards and nominations ranging from "Artist of the Year" to "Album of the Year". His sophomore album, Necessary Evil, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 6 nominations.[11]


Stonebwoy established the ‘Livingstone Foundation’.[12] In January, 2017 the foundation announced a sponsorship package for five students of the Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, his alma mater.[13]

World tours and notable performances

Stonebwoy kicked off his world tour in the Euro-zone in August 2014.[14] He performed in Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria. His 2016 Canada-America tour saw him perform in New York City, Ohio, Philadelphia and Ontario. In the same year, he rocked Perth, Melbourne, Bribane and Sidney all in Australia.[15] His second Euro tour saw him travel to the Nordic to thrill fans in Denmark, Finland and Sweden in last quarter of 2017.[16]

Awards and nominations

At the 2015 BET Awards, Stonebwoy[17] became the second Ghanaian artist to win the Best International Act: Africa accolade. He was nominated for the same award in 2016.[18] In the same year he emerged the winner in the category Best Reggae/Dancehall Video at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).[19]He has also won 3 awards at the 2015 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards.[20]Stonebwoy, won the ‘Most Promising Act’ award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) 2016. At the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2017, he picked the Reggae/Dancehall artiste of the year. In 2018 he won an AFRIMA award for Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year.[21]


Studio albums

  • 2012: Grade 1
  • 2014: Necessary Evil
  • 2017: Epistles of Mama

Personal life

On June 16, 2017; Satekla married Dr. Louisa Ansong.[22] Stonebwoy's wife gave birth to a daughter in December 2017, Catherine-Jidula Tumin Satekla.[23]


  1. ^ GhanaWeb. "Stonebwoy signs record deal with Zylofon Media". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ Ameyaw Debrah (12 April 2015). wale-and-more-win-big/ "Stonebwoy rules 2015 Ghana Music Awards, Sarkodie, Edem, Daddy Lumba, Pappy Kojo and more win big!" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Stonebwoy Is The Best Dancehall Artiste In Ghana – Obaapa Christy".| Ghana Radio| Africa Radio| Ghana Music| Ghana News. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  4. ^ "Ghanaians Captured In List of Best Dancehall Artistes of All Time". Ghana News Today | Latest News on 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  5. ^ "Who is the dancehall king now? Stonebwoy or Shatta Wale | This will blow your mind • XbitGh | Ghana's Hottest News Portal". Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  6. ^ "Stonebwoy". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Stonebwoy Burniton released debut album "Grade #1". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Winners For 2015 Ghana Music Awards". 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Stonebwoy – Epistles of Mama (Full Album)". Retrieved 3 January 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ Ghana, Web. "Winning! Stonebwoy makes it on Billboard Chart". Ghana Web. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Winners For 2015 Ghana Music Awards". 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Stonebwoy's Foundation Sponsors Five Students Of His Former High School (See Photos Of Ceremony)". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Stonebwoy tours Europe". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  15. ^ Retrieved 3 January 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Stonebwoy set for European tour". // Retrieved 3 January 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "StoneBwoy – In The Streets (Dancer Riddim) |". 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  18. ^ "Stonebwoy Nominated For BET Awards 2016 - FULL LIST OF NOMINEES! - EOnlineGhana.Com". Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  19. ^ "Stonebwoy, Wiyaala win at 2015 All Africa Music Awards -". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  20. ^ "Full List Of  Winners At The MTN 4Sytve Music Video Awards 2015 | GhXclusives.Com". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  21. ^ "AFRIMA 2018: Stonebwoy wins Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year award". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  22. ^ "Stonebwoy is married". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  23. ^ Ghana, Celebrities. "Stonebwoy And Wife Welcomes Baby (See Photos)". Samuel Clement. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
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