In a recent interview, Ghanaian afro pop, dancehall, and reggae musician Stonebwoy expressed his belief that not every artist is obligated to engage in corporate social responsibilities (CSRs). While Stonebwoy himself actively participates in social causes, he emphasized that it is a personal choice and not a compulsory duty for all musicians.
Stonebwoy, whose real name is Livingstone Etse Satekla, highlighted the importance of valuing every individual’s life, regardless of their involvement in charitable work. He acknowledged that he does not possess an abundance of resources, but his commitment to social activism stems from his core belief in humanity.
The acclaimed artist is renowned for his strong stance against illegal mining, popularly known as “galamsey,” particularly the pollution of the Pra River and its detrimental effects on water resources in the Shama district of the Western Region. Through his Livingstone Foundation, Stonebwoy has donated 40,000-liter capacity mechanized boreholes to four out of six affected communities, providing treated water to eight communities and the possibility of individual home connections.
Stonebwoy’s perspective challenges the assumption that artists have a mandatory responsibility to engage in philanthropy. While many musicians actively participate in charitable initiatives, Stonebwoy emphasizes that such endeavors should be driven by personal choice and passion rather than societal expectations.
As the music industry continues to evolve, artists like Stonebwoy encourage a nuanced understanding of the diverse ways in which musicians can contribute to society. While some may channel their efforts through their music and voice, others may choose practical solutions to specific problems. Ultimately, the decision to give back should be a personal one, allowing artists to align their actions with their individual beliefs and values.
It is essential to recognize that artists can contribute positively to society in various ways, be it through their music, activism, philanthropy, or a combination of these endeavors. By embracing this diversity, we can appreciate the unique contributions artists make to our communities and celebrate their multifaceted roles beyond the realm of entertainment.