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5 Talking Points From The 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards

The 25th edition of the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMAs) took place at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre.

Stonebwoy made a significant mark in the event’s history by becoming the fourth artiste, after Kojo Antwi, Sarkodie and VIP to win the Artiste of the Year award twice in the competition’s history.

The red carpet, as expected, showcased stunning moments that added to the already impressive reputation of the Carterhouse-produced show.

In general, the show achieved tremendous success. The set design and lighting were impeccable, leaving little to no room for errors. We commend Charterhouse for delivering an outstanding performance.

Meanwhile, Tru News Report has carefully observed various aspects of the event that may have gone unnoticed by some Ghanaians.

This report categorized them into five noteworthy aspects that caught our attention through our microscopic lenses.

King Promise’s unimpressive performance

King Promise’s performance as the opening act of the evening was extremely disappointing, which ultimately affected his chances of winning the Artist of the Year award.

His voice control, stage presence, and coordination were completely off, not aligning with the band and backing vocalists. Initially, we thought there were technical issues with the microphone, but it became evident that King Promise was to blame for his lacklustre performance.

Despite this setback, he won three awards on the night. While he may have been successful overall, it’s undeniable that the Artist of the Year award would have elevated his status even further.

Unfortunately, Stonebwoy, who delivered one of the best performances of the evening, emerged as the winner instead.

The Shatta Wale effect

Shatta Wale’s absence from the award scheme continued after he decided to boycott the event and verbally attack the organizers a few years ago.

Following his incident with Stonebwoy in 2019, which led to both artists being banned, Stonebwoy was eventually reinstated after the ban was lifted, but Shatta Wale remained steadfast in his decision not to be part of the award ceremony again.

However, during breaks in the event, DJ Black, the official DJ of the night, played Shatta Wale’s songs, igniting the entire auditorium.

Celebrities, attendees, and fellow artists rose to their feet to show their appreciation, dancing and cheering along.

This particular moment highlighted Shatta Wale’s significant influence in Ghana’s music scene. Many Ghanaians believe it is high time for Charterhouse to reconsider bringing him back to elevate the prestige of the award scheme and increase its competitiveness.

Recall that the 2019 TGMA infamously ended abruptly due to a physical altercation involving a gun display from  Stonebwoy which ultimately attracted significant attention from local and international media.

The rivalry between  Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale escalated dramatically as Stonebwoy boldly brandished a gun, warning anyone who approached him on stage after Wale and his group surrounded him.

This incident occurred after Stonebwoy won the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year award for an impressive fifth consecutive time.

During the award ceremony, Stonebwoy was receiving his well-deserved recognition when suddenly, his rival Shatta Wale and his entourage stormed onto the stage without any clear motive.

Recognizing the potential threat, Stonebwoy, who had possibly anticipated such a situation and was prepared, swiftly drew out a gun, causing chaos to erupt within the auditorium as startled guests scattered in every direction.

Thus, the Artiste of the Year winner was not officially declared, but many experts feel that  Stonebwoy was the deserving recipient.

Andy Dosty ‘sacks’ Mzbel

Regrettably, this particular incident was overlooked by many, but it is indeed what occurred. Mzbel experienced a dreadful night when she took the stage as part of the lineup to pay tribute to the pioneers and upholders of the Hiplife genre.

Everything was running smoothly until her appearance on stage. Unfortunately, the moment Mzbel stepped onto the stage, the microphones suddenly became silent.

Nothing seemed to work, and despite her efforts to continue performing, Andy Dosty, who had taken over from DJ Black for that segment of the evening’s program, abruptly ended her performance.

Amakye Dede’s tribute

Epixode performing for Amakye Dede

Amakye Dede was bestowed with the prestigious honour of Lifetime Achievement, a truly remarkable recognition that celebrates his contributions while he is still alive.

Adding to this momentous occasion, a group of Ghana’s most talented musicians, including Kwabena Kwabena, Akwaboah, Fameye, Epixode, and Eno Barony, performed a compilation of Amakye Dede’s songs exclusively for him.

The collaboration between Eno Barony and Epixode was particularly outstanding, leaving a lasting impression on the show. The emotional impact of this performance was so profound that it nearly brought Amakye Dede to tears.

Hiplife legends perform

Several of the trailblazers in Hiplife and rap music in Ghana were brought on board to re-engage with their audience after being out of the spotlight for an extended period.

The one behind this initiative deserves praise, as one could sense the nostalgic atmosphere surrounding the artists, which resonated with their fans.

T-Blaze, Reggie Rockstone, Okyeame Kwame, and Mzbel made an appearance to remind Ghanaians that despite the dominance of Afrobeats and the new generation of artists, they still possess the ability to captivate the crowd.

Reggie Rockstone, credited with pioneering rap in Ghana and Africa as far back as 1995, was a joy to watch as he showcased some smooth moves on stage while performing some of his classic tracks.

The evening was filled with joy as Andy Dosty also paid tribute to Obrafuor, Lord Kenya, and other artists who were unable to attend the event.

Source – Tru News Report


Gabby Nash, popularly known as Gabs, is an incredibly talented writer and blogger. With an extensive career spanning over 15 years in journalism, Gabs has established a reputation for excellence that is truly remarkable. Throughout the years, he has contributed numerous thought-provoking articles and blog posts to various prominent Ghanaian websites and blogs. In the late 90s, he began his writing journey with Graphic Showbiz, Junior Graphic, and The Mirror, which is a subsidiary of Graphic Communication Group Limited. His articles have consistently showcased a deep level of insight and wisdom.
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