It rained stars at the Saka Saka park at Ashaiman last Saturday when Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, hosted the fifth edition of his annual event Ashaiman To The World concert.
The concert, which brought majority of his fans out to show support, lived up to expectation right from the energy of supporting artistes on stage to the thrills Stonebwoy himself brought.
The show started on a slow note with fans trooping in in bits, it picked up at about 11 pm and by midnight, the numbers were good.
Artistes who passed through the concert included Strongman, who showed that though not much has been heard of him music wise, he still had what it takes to entertain. Rapper Sarkodie was on stage as well and performed hit songs which the crowd sang along to.
Rivalry dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy also shared one stage on the night as the two performed.
The two, who have been at loggerheads for years, but recently made up, were seen on stage chit-chatting and making fun of each other when they performed to thousands of fans who gathered for the concert.
They seem to have had a very good relationship since they both called a truce months ago after the nasty VGMA incident that caused charges to be proffered against them by the State.
Shatta and Stonebwoy took turns to perform each other’s songs together intermittently at the concert. A visibly excited crowd jammed to tunes from the two as they partied the night away.
Ahead of the concert, Shatta Wale had promised on social media and through separate interviews that he was going to be at the concert to support ‘his brother’ Stonebwoy.
Prior to the main concert, Dr. Louisa A. Satekla(wife of Stonebwoy) and a non-profitable, and charitable non-governmental organization organized a free health screening and campaign to curb and create primitive awareness of health related disorders that can be contracted by humans.
The exercise, which was slated for Friday, 29th November, 2019 successfully witnessed and screened over 2000 residents of Ashaiman and Ghana at large at the Mandela Park (Kaketo). Natives who trooped in were screened for diseases such, HIV/AIDS, poor vision, dental and other basic health screen that will practically cost a patient at public or private health facilities.
Drugs were provided for natives that had some unhygienic results, they were also educated on the risk factors of contracting minor and deadly diseases, the importance of early detection and treatment as well as self-examination.
Dr. Louisa stated that the free health care screening was a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting early health related disorders, make a difference, spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
She added, the screening exercise was an effort to reduce the stigma of virus and cancerous diseases through early education on symptoms and treatment, explaining that, greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of such diseases, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates.
The award-winning dancehall artiste deems the concert an opportunity to give back to the people who support him from his place of birth.
This year’s event also saw performances from rapper Obrafour, Quamina MP, Guru and other artistes who showed up to support him.
Fans were given back to back music from Saturday night through to the early hours of Sunday, December 1 when the concert officially ended
A three-time winner of the Best African Dancehall act at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), Stonebwoy released his debut album, Grade 1 in 2012 and followed up with Necessary Evil and Epistles of Mama.
He is a recipient of the 2015 Artiste of the Year award at the annual Ghana Music Awards; he has songs including Ololo, Tuff Seed, Kpoo Keke, People Dey, Top Skanka, Baafira and Bawasaba..