For over two weeks now, there have been several fracases in the media involving Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, and the entire Zylofon Media company.
It got so worse that Stonebwoy shot at artist manager at Zylofon Media, Bulldog when he together with his team stormed the Champs Bar to forcefully retrieve a car given to Stonebwoy during the signing.
Through it all, no meaningful information has been given to the public as to what is really is going on but Kumi Guitar, highlife artist signed unto Zylofon Media has spoken.
Kumi Guitar was the very first artist signed unto Zylofon Media and he has revealed that Stonebwoy was given a week ultimatum to either leave the company or stay when all the brouhaha started.
Speaking with Joy News, Kumi Guitar said:
“What really pushed me to start talking now is last Saturday, Legon had a show in collaboration with Zylofon and we were all billed to perform. We were there and were parked for a long while and a fan called me that they are pulling down all the banners we’ve used to brand the place in Zylofon’s name…so he was asking if the show is closed because he’s not seen us perform…”
“…if you have an issue with Zylofon, do you have an issue with me? No, do you have an issue with Obibini? No, do you have an issue with Joyce Blessing?” and therefore wondered why Stonebwoy didn’t allow them to perform at the event.
“If these things keep happening and he [Stonebwoy] succeeds or people don’t get the picture right, he might succeed in pulling down Zylofon and if Zylofon is down, I am down,” the man who believes he influenced the establishment of Zylofon Media said.
According to Kumi Guitar, Zylofon Media paid all Stonebwoy’s expenses including his trips, recordings and his two major concerts – one at Ashaiman and the other at the National Theatre.
“What I heard was that you got angry because Shatta [Wale] was signed… if you won’t give him what he wants, automatically he [Nana Appiah Mensah – Zylofon Media CEO] will fail to give you what you want or better still, he will go look for somebody who can do the job for him if you cannot do it,” he said.
The highlife artiste strongly believes that the Zylofon Media CEO did nothing wrong by signing Shatta Wale after all “Stonebwoy is not a shareholder of Zylofon.”
“He can bring the argument that maybe in his contract, they wrote that he is the one representing Dancehall so they shouldn’t bring somebody else. If you are representing Dancehall, it’s not just about representing but you also have to represent Zylofon. You are an ambassador representing Zylofon, how many times are you hashtagging Zylofon?…this is where our boss also has a problem and he has told you several times, you’ve gone for meetings?”
He warned the action actions of Stonebwoy could have ripple effects on other artists on the label.
“I’m starting to talk because I began this thing. Our boss wouldn’t have been in this industry. I was the one who spoke to him to do it and I wasn’t selfish, I told him to add people on board and then you [Stonebwoy] also are a beneficiary…yes he was Stonebwoy before we met him but can he say that Zylofon has added nothing to him?
“You’ve been spoken to and then you’ve been given the opportunity to decide if you still want to be part of us as family…if you want to go also, you decide. For a week now you’ve not responded only for you to do this. Is it that you want to frustrate the investor or you want to frustrate Zylofon,” Kumi Guitar questioned.
“If you feel that Zylofon is not a brand you want to associate with you should have pulled out,” Kumi Guitar stressed.