Spotify bans Ghana’s Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy over on-stage brawl involving gun

Spotify, one of the world’s largest audio streaming platform says it has indefinitely banned Ghanaian dancehall musicians Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy.

According to a statement released by the Swedish firm on Monday, the company would no longer publish works of the musicians but their current works would be allowed to remain on the platform until the one-year contract ends.

The ban comes after an on-stage fight broke out at a major music awards show , Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, also known as VGMA, in Ghana after Stonebwoy went to receive an award.

Stonebwoy had just been awarded dancehall reggae artist of the year when his musical rival, Shatta Wale, and his entourage mounted the stage.

Video footage of the brawl appears to show Stonebwoy holding a gun.

The two men have huge followings who regularly exchange insults over who is the best artist.

BBC reports there were no major injuries and after a short delay the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in the capital, Accra, resumed.

Aside Spotify, the organisers of the award has said in a press statement that stakeholders are discussing sanctions for the musicians.

According to local reports, the two were arrested on Sunday and were still in Police custody at the time of filing this report.

This was the fifth year in a row that Stonebwoy took the best dancehall reggae artist title.

The brawl marred what should have been a night to celebrate Ghanaian music in the scheme’s 20th anniversary.

Before the ceremony, President Nana Akufo-Addo said that the excitement generated by [the awards] is testimony to the amazing talent that the country has in the creative arts industry.