Dancehall star Stonebwoy says winning a BET Award in 2015 has earned him international collaborations. Stonebwoy made history as the first Ghanaian act to win the Best International Act: Africa award at the BET Awards. He beat artists such as Wizkid, Yemi Alade, AKA The Soil, Fally Ipupa and Kenyan group Sauti Sol.
"First of all, I am one artist who appreciates nominations even more because, if you're five artists picked from thousands for an award that can only be won by one, the joy is in being acknowledged," he told Kenyan publication Daily Nation.
The ‘Onumade’ hitmaker said he cannot measure the amount of joy he felt when he heard his name being called.
“Then to hear my name mentioned, I was like “Things have gone down well” because people voted to show support; that they want this person to win. They believed in my thing and they cast their votes behind me. The award has thrown enough light on what I do, the style of music I do: Afro beats, reggae, dancehall. I’ve got collaborations all across the continent and some opportunities in the US,” he said.
Fally says that his BET award is at home and it makes him happy but he believes it brings more joy to the people who support and follow his music, “There’s an adage in my country that literally translates to: “The salt doesn’t praise itself”. I can only keep it in my house for them. Besides, it’s heavy and would cost more on air travel if I took it with me everywhere,” he added.
Stonebwoy is also one of the top African artists who will be performing this weekend at the One Africa Music Festival at the Barclays Center in the USA.