Livingstone Etse Satekla or commonly known as Stonebwoy is a Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall, and reggae artist. He was born on 5th March 1988, Ashaiman, Ghana. Other than being one of the leading reggae and dancehall artists in Ghana, Stonebwoy album received an international recognition by being ranked in the second place worldwide.
Stonebwoy latest album
‘Epistles of Mama' is the name of his latest album. It was released on December 12, 2017, and immediately went viral. It was ranked number thirteen on the Billboards World’s Chart. Consequently, it was on the second spot in Reggaeville charts topping against a number renowned musicians such as Damian Marley. Reggaeville basically comprises of world’s biggest association of reggae lovers and fans on the online platform.
It was dedicated to his mother by the name (Mrs) Catherine Lucy Aku Ametepi Satekla who passed away in 2015. According to him, the album was simply inspired by the good moral, the teachings, the anguish and lessons as well as smiles that we experience through life. All the vital elements in life are relayed to us by our mothers. He explained this during an interview with Red Bull studios in the UK.
Stonebwoy full album has double disks, each with twelve songs in them. The songs are divided into two main genres; Afro beat and Dancehall/reggae songs. It also features a number of internationally celebrated musicians, as well as our very own heavy-weight artists, comprising of Sean Paul, i-Octone, Burna boy, Sarkodie, Efya, King Promise, Edem and Joey B among others.
Stonebwoy album tracklist
With an epic ‘Epistles of Mama’ album cover, Stonebwoy album songs are equally electrifying and interesting to listen to. All the songs on this album relate to our everyday life and hence very inspiring. Here is the inclusive list of the songs;
- Stonebwoy- Bawasaba.
- Stonebwoy- Dede (feat Kelvyn Boy and King Promise).
- Stonebwoy- Mane Me (Feat Mugeez and Praiz).
- Stonebwoy- Stonebwoy- Carnival (feat Fay-Ann Lyons).
- Stonebwoy- Souljah.
- Stonebwoy-Tia Tia (feat Joey B and Yaa Pono).
- Stonebwoy-Pepper Dem (feat Edem and Ama Rae).
- Stonebwoy- One Man Lady (feat Vanessa Bling).
- Stonebwoy- Jungle (feat Kinaata).
- Stonebwoy- Hold on You (feat Khalia).
- Stonebwoy- Most Original (feat Sean Paul).
- Stonebwoy- All My Love (Feat Efya).
- Stonebwoy- Mama.
- Stonebwoy- Mama (Sax Version) feat Mizter Okyere.
- Stonebwoy- Feeling Lonely (feat I-octane).
- Stonebwoy- Hakuna Matata (feat Agent Sasco).
- Stonebwoy- Praises.
- Stonebwoy- Savage (feat Pressure Bus Pipe).
- Stonebwoy- Same God.
- Stonebwoy- Suit and Tie (feat Kabaka Pyramid).
- Stonebwoy- Take You Home (feat Burna Boy and Aka).
- Stonebwoy- We Bad (Don 45).
- Stonebwoy- My Way (feat Damaris joi).
- Stonebwoy album billboard Charts.
The multiple award-winning reggae/dancehall artist, made history as the first resident Ghanaian musician to have his album featured in Billboard World Album Chart. For an album to be tabulated in this chart, it has to be trendy not only in the USA but across the globe. Stonebwoy album epistles of mama just confirmed that the artist’s long musical journey is finally being acknowledged beyond the borders.
Well, his energetic and electrifying performance has over the years attracted a larger fan base. Having performed in a number of international stages/platforms, such as in UK, Netherlands, Australia and USA, Stonebwoy started becoming rather a household name. He has also been brushing shoulders and performing alongside legendary reggae and dancehall artists such as Busy Signal, Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Alkaline, Lauryn Hill and many more.
Aside from sharing the stage with renowned figures in the industry, he has collaborated with quite a number of ‘bigwigs' from various countries including Jamaica, UK and many more from Africa. Some of the artists include; Jah Vinci, Trey Songz, Gappy Ranks, Randy Valentine, Sarkodie, Wayne Wonder, Chris Martin, Kranium, Samini, Black Prophet, Laza Morgan, and many more.
Clearly, his hard work and determination to breakthrough paid off once he started bagging so many awards including:
- 2015 BET Awards for the Best International Act, as well as
- The Artist of the Year at Ghana Music Awards in the same year.
This is not to mention that he is also the second Ghanaian to be nominated at the Grammys, after an album he was featured on was nominated for the 2018 Awards. Earlier on, 2016, he was again nominated for the Best International Act: Africa Accolade by the same BET Awards!
Stonebwoy's talent and history into the music industry are as captivating as his music. He started singing while in high school and contesting in various rap battles. His first song, Makuma which he released while still in the second year started making popular but still considered underground.
Eventually, with support from his family, he appeared on popular rap competition organized by Adom FM, based in Accra. The competition also featured other upcoming artists such as Sarkodie and Dr. Cryme. Interestingly, Sarkodie who is now well established as Stonebwoy, were schoolmates in Methodist Day Secondary School.
It was after showcasing his talent and knocking out a number of his rivals that he caught Samini’s attention. He was finally signed to Samini Music record label where his first album, Grade 1, was creatively produced and manifested.
Generally, after being active in music since 2009, he has released three albums. The first Album gave him spotlight and recognition when he was nominated for numerous awards. His second album propelled him into greater heights and he became a household name especially with his hit single ‘Baafira’ featuring Sarkodie. As for his third album, Epistles of Mama, he is now an international figure, a position admired by many local artists.
Here is a list of the albums and their respective songs;
2012: Grade 1 album
- Rate Race.
- Head up/ Above the sky.
- Kiss N’ Cry.
- Ghetto Love.
- Please Don’t Go.
- Need You.
- Give all Out.
- Not Scared.
- Roots N’ Culture.
- Hills N’ Valley.
- Push it.
- Not Scared (Remix).
Climax was his first single under ‘Samini Music' featuring Samini himself, and later on, Ghetto love featuring Irene Logan. These two songs received positive feedback from the public and went on to be nominated at the Ghana Music Awards. Stonebwoy is among the few blessed artists who started their career with nominations above their names. The album also features quite a number of prominent artists including Tinny and Edem.
2014: Necessary Evil
- Bhim nation.
- Can’t Cool.
- Chat Dem a Chat.
- Ganja Pipe.
- Not Again.
- Pull up.
- Real Warrior.
- Run Go.
- Look Good.
- Love Pressure.
- More Gyal.
- Skin to Skin.
- So Real.
- Watch Over Us.
Tracks in the Stonebwoy necessary evil album made this talented artist walk home with three Ghana Music Awards from six nominations in 2015. He was considered the artist of the year among other titles.
Aside from music and performances, Stonebwoy is also known for giving back to the society through charity sponsorship. He founded the Livingstone foundation where he helps the less fortunate in our country.
Earlier this year, he visited the Korle-BU Teaching Hospital Accident Ward and paid medical bills of patients who found it hard to clear the bills. In a brief statement, he explained the reason for helping the victims alongside his passion of generosity, was because at one point he was also in a similar situation after being involved in an accident and was in need of help.
His empathy for the victims was really overwhelming. He concluded by saying that no man is an island, a statement that made him receive many praises as the public turned to other artists to challenge them to emulate what this award-winning artist is doing.
This was also after paying fees for five final year students from his alma mater, Tema Methodist Day Senior High School. In addition to all that, he also donated hard copies of Elorm Beenie’s novel ‘Love Myelitis’ to the students. Indeed, it’s from such humanitarian gestures that make him an icon not only in Ghana but across the globe.
He also shared his experiences in high school to the students- and well, let’s just say, he makes a fine orator. He inspired the students to work hard and appreciate their guardian’s efforts in paying for their fees.
Between music and charity organization, Stonebwoy is also Chief Executive Officer of his new recording label called Burniton Music Group (BMG). He launched this label after so much experience from his former record firms such as S24 and Samini Music-renowned studios in Ghana.
For him, he understands that branding is one of the vital elements needed for the success of a label. That is why, him being part of that brand, he came up with a popular and very easy catchphrase- BHIM!! (Bless His Imperial Majesty). This phrase has been trending on online social media and acknowledged by all over the world.