Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy is hopeful of a Grammy nomination for his new album ‘Epistles of Mama.‘
“Yeah, Hopefully! because there is a reggae side to the album, remember that, which features some of the top top… that’s what we pushing…” responded the ‘Mama‘ act to a question by Antoine Mnesah, host of Live FM‘s Drive Time show Route919 if this is the album to get him a Grammy.
He released the album on December 12, 2017. The double disk project is made up of 24 songs – 12 Dancehall/Reggae songs and 12 Afrobeat songs.
Sean Paul, Burna Boy, Sarkodie, Efya, King Promise, Edem and Joey B are some of the artistes featured on the album.
“It’s inspired by the good morals, the teachings, the lessons, the anguish and the smiles of life. All the important things in life which are passed on to us by our mothers.” explains Stonebwoy in an interview with Red Bull UK. The album is dedicated to the memory of his mother, Catherine Satekla, who died in 2015.
The Dancehall artiste become the second Ghanaian artiste to earn a Grammy nomination after Rocky Dawuni.
‘Avrakedabra‘ by Morgan Heritage, an album he is featured on, earned a nomination in the ‘Best Reggae Album‘ category at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
The ‘Hero‘ act was featured on ‘Reggae Night (GlobalRemix) off the album released on May 19, 2017. He joined the group during their Europe Tour in 2015.
LIVE FM and its presenters are credited with providing a platform for upcoming artistes, and also supporting the craft of established acts. The station’s programming and events is testament to its dedication to the growth of the Ghanaian music industry.
In 2016, the Adabraka-based station introduced #GhWednesdayLive – an initiative that sees the station play strictly Ghanaian music for 24 hours on Wednesday. The initiative is to support the Ghanaian music industry and the craft of Ghanaian artistes.
A year later, Live FM Artiste of the Month, another instalment of the hugely popular GH Wednesday Live on air delight was also introduced. It seeks to celebrate Ghanaian artistes for their trend-setting, creative and innovative abilities, and also give upcoming artistes the needed commercial buzz, and also a breadth of fresh air for the music industry.
The Live FM 0n-Air team includes Jay Foley, Jeremie, Antoine Mensah, Sammy Forson, Berla Mundi, Vanessa Gyan, DJ Lord, Regina Krave, Jason, Sheldon, Micheal Sagoe. DJ Bass, DJ Isaac Cool, DJ Mingle, Bianca Buckman, Emeline Nsingi Nkosi, Terry Mingle, Jeshurun Okyere and Masta Jay.
A successful story that started in May 2015, LIVE FM has grown to become Ghana’s best testament of what youthful exuberance when restricted in creativity can do, and the nation’s most exciting youth brand with a large following.
Foley and Gyan led the station’s extensive coverage of the 2016 Black Entertainment Television(BET) Awards as the only Ghanaian Media Partner after a deal with organizers, Viacom International Media Networks.
In the same year, a deal was reached with TRACE, leading Lifestyle and entertainment media organization. The two bodies agreed to tap into their existing strengths to provide compelling content that sits at the heart of Africa’s ever growing media and entertainment landscape.
LIVE FM is owned by Africa’s fastest growing media group EIB Network, which also owns GH One TV, Agoo TV, FIESTA TV, Starr FM, Kasapa FM, Ultimate FM, Empire FM, Abusua FM, Agoo FM, and the Daily Heritage Newspaper.