Considering the fact that, Africa systems culture, Ghana as a matter of fact, pioneered the sort of “beat battles” have made the lyrical clash a social media sensation over two decades ago, the creative decision was absolutely more than fitting. By pitting two icons of the genre, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, in head-to-head competition, the maiden edition of “Asaase Sound Clash” did not just showcase two of its most respected lyricists ever to hold a microphone, it also tapped into an epic rivalry that stretches back more than a a decade ago.
When Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale came through Asaase FM days before the performance, they both declared that they would not be preparing for the battle as the art of war should be spontaneous. This has had people on tender hooks as no one really knows what would happen on the night. But of course all celebrities were out in full force for this highly anticipated battle.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, fans were able to enjoy a “Verzuz-like” battle between reggae and dance-hall greats Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, who decided to switch things up by trading songs from within the same room. Together, the Ghanaian giants were able to perform their biggest classics in front of hundreds of indoor fans and about thousands social media users, all with their cultural flag behind him mid-performance.
Arguably the most exciting and spontaneous edition of Ghana’s version of the “Verzuz” battle, the Stone and Shatta battle was not a “clash” in the traditional Jamaican or Reggae/Ragga a& Dance-hall sense, but it was hardly a conventional beat battle either. The clash, in true ‘yaad’ fashion ran slightly off-schedule according to the anxious social media butterflies and invited guests who sat listening to the mixing styles of the host, Sean B.
Shatta Wale started his set with tracks like Kill Dem With Prayers, Aye Halfcast, Only One Man, Ayoo, Ice Cream, Star Boy, Stinky Mouth, Shatta City, Gringo, Dancehall King.
The proclaimed King of the Dancehall set example by making a punctual appearance clothed in the apparel portraying the orientation of the culture. Africa’s most revered reggae/ragga & dance-hall icon with international presence and reputation first set of tracks in response to Shatta’s set included Blaze Dem (a new song recorded purposely for the clash), Hero, No Sir, Sapashini, Shell Dem, Wicked (featuring Gappy Ranks), Top Skanka, Pepper Dem, People Dey, Name, Pull Up, Something Wicked others.
The chemistry and more importantly the harmony between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale made it an entertaining show which will be recorded in the history books. With over 30 songs played and performed out of the dancehall deejays’ catalogues combined, the result of the Maiden Asaase Sound Clash battle is still being weighed in the balance.
However, on the morning after the much anticipated dancehall clash between Stonebwoy and shatta wale, social media users have taken to twitter to declare Stonebwoy the winner of the clash. Stonebwoy is trending both at number one and number 2 on twitter with some social media users mocking shatta wale for leaving the stage just before the freestyle battle session which they claim was a clear indication of throwing in the towel.