Stonebwoy's Biography: Exclusive, Age, Education, Family, Marriage, Career, Controversy, Awards and Nominations, Businesses, Philanthropy, Net Worth - Updated, 28th May 2020

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At a young age the lyricist, Stonebwoy, decided to take on the entertainment industry and today Stonebwoy has made his mark with his reggae, Afrobeat vocals.

Stonebwoy is a prominent figure in the reggae industry with talents that include script-writing.

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The musician started his career at a young age when in the fourth grade he made music and wrote scripts for school plays - and ever since has never turned his back on music and is always on a journey of creating new material for his fans. 

Here's a look at his biography.

Stonebwoy Exclusive


The artist speaks on the success of his album and the lessons he got from working with his various collaborators.

Anloga Junction is Stonebwoy's fourth studio album and within days it reached unbelievable success in online streams, within 10 days reaching over 10 million streams on Audiomack alone, proving just how much of a hit the album is on a global scale. The 15-track album is a fusion of sounds from dancehall to afro-pop, afro beats and a little bit of hip-hop.

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For the album, Stonebwoy worked with a range of producers a total of 13 producers from across the African continent to across the oceans. The aim of the album besides entertaining new and old fans of Stonebwoy is to also promote Africa unity.

Read the rest of the interview on his new work here.

Stonebwoy Age


Born on the 5th of March 1987. He is 33 years old.


Stonebwoy Education


After High School Stonebwoy pursed his musical activities and enrolled at the University of Professional Studies, graduating with a degree in Marketing in 2013 But the musician did not settle to being in the marketing field, as he grew up showing interest in music. 

Stonebwoy Family


Stonebwoy was named Livingstone Etse Satekla. Stonebwoy has six siblings. He was born in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. The songwriter, unfortunately, lost his mother in 2015.

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Stonebwoy Marriage


Stonebwoy married Dr Louisa Anson in 2017 and the couple celebrated their second anniversary in 2019. 

Their wedding was and still is the talk of the town to this day. The wedding ceremony which was a private one, had a strict no-photography rule meaning that the pictures of their special day were only going to be released by the official photographers that had been hired.

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The wedding was so beautiful and it was attended by some of the A-listers in Ghana. To make the day even more special, Stonebwoy even sang for his beautiful wife.

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They are blessed with two children, their daughter Catherine-Jidula Setakla and their second born boy, Livingstone Janam Setakla Jnr.

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Stonebwoy Career


Stonebwoy started his career at a young age where he began with underground rap the art of deciphering words without fail and to just think and rap.  As his love for music continued, Stonebwoy took part in the Level Known rap battle which was regarded as one of the best in the country, if not the ultimate best talent search.

The musician was supported by his family and finally joined the Kasahare Level Known. This is the moment that changed his life. The musician met the music mogul, Samini the owner of Samini Music Label and he was signed to be part of the label.

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Stonebwoy had his first single, Makuma, played on the radio, while he was still in high school. After the first single, he decided to release yet another hit song in 2007 titled Empress - his big break into fame. 

Stonebwoy finished high school, and he started working closely with S24 Studios to maintain the momentum he had built already. He recorded his music and ensured that he built his brand through better establishments - and it wasn't long until he opened his record label called Burniton Music Group.

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Stonebwoy isn't only a musician and a scriptwriter but he is also an actor. In his acting career, he has made an appearance in the movie My name is Ramadan

The movie, which was funded by Zylofon Arts Fund, features all the pivotal characters in Ghallywood such as the likes of Ramadan and award-winning actors such as Kalsoume Sinare and Umar Krupp, and many more.

Stonebwoy Controversy 


Stonebwoy always has a subtle way of delivering his messages - as was the case in 2018. He sent a message which made people question what he means by what he said. 

It wasn’t clear who he was referring to but it was believed to be linked to his rival Shatta Wale, who on the 15th of October in 2018 went on Twitter to urge Nigeria's Multinational Telecommunication Network, Glo to endorse him.

The award-winning songwriter posted on Instagram and captioned his picture: 

“After winning the 2015 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards’ Best International Act: Africa award, Stonebwoy was approached by GLO but he rejected the $80,000 offer. If you add value to your life, great deals will chase you. You won’t use Twitter to beg Glo for offers like ‘Alumi’ did yesterday,” said Stonebwoy on his Instagram.

This was the delivered capital letter T-Truth that was shared by the musician to everyone else in the industry as some form of brand respect and business alignment with your brand. 


Stonebwoy Awards & Nominations


The award-winning musician isn't new to the world of awards.  Stonebwoy has been nominated 25 times and has won 23 of these wards which include ET, Nickelodeon Awards, Vodafone Ghana, Afrima, MTN Ghana and many more.

 
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Stonebwoy has shown dominance in African reggae and he keeps on collecting the best international act awards, going head-to-head with some of the African giants.

2015 - BET Awards for Best International Act. 
2015 - Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for Artist of the Year, Reggae/DancehallArtiste of the Year.
2015 - All Africa Music Awards for Best African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall
2015 - MTN 4Syte MusicAwards for Best Reggae/DancehallVideo, Best Directed. 2016 - International Reggae and World Music Awards for Most Influential Artist, Most Promising Act.
2016 - Vodafone Ghana MusicAwards for Reggae/DancehallSong of the Year.
2016 - Ghana Music Awards UK for Most Popular Song of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year.
2017 - BET Awards for Best International Act.
2017 - Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for Reggae/Dancehall artist of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall song of the Year.
2018 - All Africa Music Awards for Best Reggae/DancehallAfrican Artist.
2018 - Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite African Star.
2018 - 3Music Awards for Reggae/Dancehall artist of the Year 
Twitstar of the Year. 
2018 - Instagram Star of the Year.
2018 - Vodafone Ghana MusicAwards | Reggae/Dancehall artist of the Year.
2019 - African Entertainment Awards USA for Best Male artist.
2019 - AFRIMA 2019 for Best Reggae Dancehall artist.
2020 - International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best African Reggae/DancehallEntertainer

Stonebwoy Business


After being a part of S24 Studios, it was enough motivation for the artist to open his record label, Burniton Music Group, which is one of the biggest record labels in the country.

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Burniton Music Group is said to be one of the fastest-growing labels in the Western Region of Africa - grooming talents from Ghana and Nigeria.

Stonebwoy's Philanthropy


Stonebwoy established a non-profit organization to help homeless people. The Livingstone Foundation was established in January 2017. 

The foundation announced a scholarship package for five students of Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, Stonebwoy's former high school. The foundation helped pay tuition for five scholars who couldn't have the finances to pay for their tuition.

Livingston Foundation is meant to assist through education and youth empowerment.  

Stonebwoy Net Worth


Throughout his career, Stonebwoy has made himself a sky-high net worth of $5.5 million through his tours, endorsements, businesses, foundation, and music as he is an established brand and a global icon.

He has also made a chunk of money through sales of his album the ‘Epistles of Mama’ which has brought in a lot of revenue for the artist. The album had more than a million views globally and that led to expanding his following and fan base.


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