Ghana’s two leading dancehall artistes, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, on Tuesday accepted to feature in the maiden Asaase Sound Clash, as they join forces to battle the deadly coronavirus.
The much-talked-about lyrical battle will see the two artistes battle it out for bragging rights in a virtual event themed “A Clash To Crush COVID”.
Launching the event in Accra, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, Deputy Minister of Health, said it was vital for the two artistes to join the awareness drive as Ghana fights the coronavirus pandemic.
“COVID-19 is real and by the grace of God things are quite stable in the country, but there is a need for individual responsibility to be able to win the war,” Okoe Boye said.
“And to win the war quickly we need partners … I am happy that Asaase Radio has come out with this initiative to get the message out there.”
He said, “There is a need for Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy to lead the mentorship drive on various messages on COVID-19 because of their massive following. So the clash is a good one and we are grateful to these two artistes for coming on board,” he said.
Stonebwoy said, “The world would have never imagined this to happen. The whole world has been hit with the pandemic and so many things have gone wrong and may the souls of those who have died rest in perfect peace.
“This gives us the biggest reason for us to come together despite our differences. I am ever ready to clash for a good and better cause. I hope coronavirus flies away after this clash.”
Shatta Wale, on the other hand, said, “Many people think Stonebwoy and myself would not have come together this way but there is a need to do so due to coronavirus.
“I want to commend the president, Ministry of Health, for taking care of us thus far. I commend the organisers for coming up with such ideas to fight the COVID-19 and support this cause, and I accept the Clash to Crush COVID-19.’’
Naomi Nelson-Barnes, head of narketing, communications, events and promotions at Asaase Broadcasting Company, said in her remarks: “I have to admit the response has been even bigger than we anticipated.
“This event will be the first of its kind and we are excited to see how it all turns out.”
The date for the showdown is yet to be set, but the Asaase Sound Clash already promises to be one of the hottest events to look out for.