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Stonebwoy takes a stand against SARS Brutality on Nigerians

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End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (END SARS) is a political campaign in Nigeria opposing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. The campaign started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria’s government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.

Livingstone Etse Satekla; a Ghanaian born Africa’s most revered reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste with international presence and reputation has joined other Nigerian celebrities, including Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Falz The Guy, Runtown, Olamide, others to call on the government to end police brutality as more evidence of illegal activities by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) emerged over the weekend.

On Saturday, videos had surfaced on Twitter showing a witness who claimed a young man, who was commuting in the Ugheli town of Delta state, was gunned down by SARS officials. This had provoked public outcry against the police department, with the ‘EndSARS’ hashtag taking centre stage on social media platforms.

Besides arresting indiscriminately, oftentimes, SARS officers detain suspects for several weeks without arraigning them in court, which is against the 48 hours detainment period allowed and stipulated by the constitution, this Stonebwoy explained that, it is inhumane to subject humans to torture. He stated that, it is not a crime for the youths of and in Nigeria to use expensive electronic gadgets, drive expensive cars or wear designer clothings.

He posted on his Instagram story that;

“I Stand With My “Green-White-Green” citizens. #EndSarsNow #EndSarsBrutality”

SARS is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department which was established to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.

In 2009, after several years of operations the squad grew in number and strength. Due to the surge of internet fraudsters and cultism in universities, SARS operatives infiltrated Nigerian universities, made several successful arrests but in the process harassed innocent youths. According to reports, “What SARS became was a national scourge that a witch-hunt machinery against Nigerian youth with dreadlocks, piercings, cars, expensive phones and risque means of expression.”

However, the Inspector-General of Police, M.A Adamu, has banned the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and othe Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad operating at the Federal, Zonal, and Command levels from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, check points, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks – with immediate effect.

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Stonebwoy crowned best male artiste – Central/ West Africa at AEA-USA

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Stonebwoy; award-winning Ghanaian reggae/ragga & dancehall artiste has been announced Best Male Artist – Central/ West Africa at the just ended 5th edition of the African Entertainment Awards USA (also referred to as AEAUSA), an annual event consisting of mostly music awards. The past 12 months have been hugely successful for the Ghanaian music heavyweight, with his album “Anloga Junction” chalking huge successes digitally and making a nomination cut at Reggaeville awards.

Stonebwoy was rewarded for his excellence in entrepreneurship, community leadership and the entrainment industry in Africa and the diaspora. The event was held on 20 December and was streamed live via YouTube.

He is the CEO of Burniton Music Group. 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. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. He is also a recipient of two Billboard plaques. He has been described as the king of reggae and dance hall artists in Africa.

Known by birthright name as, Livingstone Etse Satekla, the Ghanaian musician normally ragga in Jamaican Patois (Patwa or Patwah), and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possesses.

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With non-stop music, and wonderful vibes, ‘Bhim Fridays’ was a psychedelic experience

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From the outset, planning was made very simple and on arrival the DJ was amazing. He kept the dance floor full and the atmosphere buzzing right the way through the night. That being said, the “Bhim Fridays” was absolutely fantastic and the event is certainly here to stay. On Friday, November 27, Stonebwoy cultivated a new monthly ‘signature’ event that saw him getting more ‘intimate’ with music consumers, most especially his fan who have been his ‘spine’ in his career.

With an amazing sound system, stage & aerial lighting, state of the art decor that came paired with incorporating the newest technology, ideas, and features, the Accra edition of “BHIM FRIDAYS” premiered at the Enclave Gardens, East Legon. What made the night so special was the plethora of other activities that complemented the music, such as good food, fun and gaming – an activity that saw party-goers winning lot of give-ways from headline sponsors.

This music gathering had a roster of some of the country’s most talented musicians, from up-and-comers to megastars, and the crowd was composed of everyone from hippies to hipsters who reception and reactions were impeccable. Epixode, Fameye, Mr. Drew, Freda Rhymz, Darko Vibes, Larruso, Phronesis, OGee The Mc, among others were highlighted as the guest performers who took turns to deliver overwhelming performances to the teeming music inclinded audience.

Stonebwoy’s performance was acclaimed by other guest of media personalities (Abeiku Santana, Serwaa Amihere, Nana Aba Anamoah, Doreen Avio etc), industry stakeholders, gatekeepers and other critics. His performance reconfirms his skills as a live performer. Performing alongside the Bhim Band, he started his set with a freestyle which later led to an acoustic session of “Only Love” (a single extract off Anloga Junction), and flowed into the delivery of hit higlife single – “Sobolo”.

Stonebwoy went on the perform “Strength & Hope” and “Run Go” which were all delivered in acoustic. He flaunted his supreme vocal and dancing chops throughout the show. The multiple award-winning artiste switched style up when his second set was backed by in-house Disk Jockey, Justice. Stonebwoy delivered jaw-dropping freestyles on riddims dished out by DJ Justice. The music monster made a point, abd his performance was a proof of life.

With epic stages, non-stop music, and wonderful vibes, a trip to East Legon was a psychedelic experience that left an all right memory on the mind of event goers. It will definitely become a global phenomenon.

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BHIM FRIDAYS: Stonebwoy to launch new ‘signature’ event on Nov. 27

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In the coming days the BhimNation Powered By Burniton Music Group (BMG); the official Powerhouse for Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa: Stonebwoy and its associates will embark on series of activities including the launch of a ‘signature’ event to climax the year. On Friday, November 27, the award-winning musician will be launching an official monthly gathering dubbed “BHIM FRIDAYS”.

Promising to be a night of an unforgettable experience paired with ground-breaking contents, including good vibes, good food, fun and gaming, live performances etc, the night will gather ‘music hunters’, fans (from the corporate to the streets), industry personalities and other associates who will have an intimate encounter with the Africa’s most revered reggae & dancehall superstar known by birthright name as Livingstone Etse Satekla.

The Accra edition of “BHIM FRIDAYS” will premiere at the Enclave Gardens, East Legon from 7PM. After the launch, the gathering would witnessed successive editions slated every last Friday in every month. The event is powered by Burniton Music Group (BMG), Johnnie Walker, Black Label 200 Years, Tecno, McBerry Biscuit, Bhim Shop, Big Boss, and Enclave Gardens.

More details to be announced…

On Saturday, November 28, at the Ashaiman Presby junction, Stonebwoy will be leading thousands of Ghanaians on a peace walk tagged “Stonebwoy Unity Health Walk”. Under the theme “Let us unite in our difference”, the peace pilgrimage will serve as mechanism to raise awareness for the forthcoming election. Celebrities, chiefs, religious leaders and some members from various political parties would be allowed to address the teeming youth on peace and some implications of violence.

The walk will start at 5 am.

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