Shatta Wale’s long-standing rift with arch rival, Stonebwoy, exploded into a full-on rumpus as the winner of the Dancehall Artiste of the Year category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was revealed, ramming the country’s flagship music wards ceremony into a state of panic and disbelief.
Stonebwoy had been adjudged winner of the keenly contested category but the presentation of his plaque was interrupted as Shatta Wale and his entourage tried to storm the podium. The incident threw the show into a fit of violent altercations which led to Stonebwoy brandishing a handgun live on stage.
The two artistes were reportedly picked up by the police yesterday for their roles in connection to the shocking on-stage raucous, and were being held to help in investigations.
Following the news of the arrests however, Shatta Wale’s Shatta Movement stalwarts joined the fray calling for the artiste to be released in the only way they know how: through a social media campaign.
A #FreeShattaWale hashtag was rolled out Monday morning on twitter, and thousands of fans including musician, Patapaa, voiced out their discontentment over the detainment of the self- acclaimed dancehall king at the Accra Regional Police Command.
In a series of tweets posted via the hashtag, the fans expressed their disgust at the law enforcement agency for apprehending Shatta Wale, and claimed that their ‘king’ was being preyed on by authorities who merely disliked him.
According to them, Shatta Wale harbored no illogical hatred, and was only acting in good faith by trying to mount the stage and congratulate his rival- an initiative which Stonebwoy mistook for an attack.
The #FreeShattaWale hashtag and his fans’ unwavering support it seems might have worked some magic as the ‘Level’ singer tweeted of his release on Monday evening much to the delight of his followers.