Grammy-nominated and multiple award-winning Ghanaian dancehall sensation, Stonebwoy, has recently unveiled what can only be described as his most prestigious music video to date. The video accompanies his latest single, “Manodzi,” and features none other than the legendary 5-time Grammy Award-winning singer, Angélique Kidjo.
Directed by the skilled Ghanaian filmmaker, director, and cinematographer, Yaw Skyface, the video for “Manodzi” was shot on the stunning grounds of Chateaux Bouffémont in the Bouffémont commune of France. This historic chateau, dating back to 1860, provides a breathtaking backdrop for the video’s grand introduction, setting the stage for an African royal experience like no other.
The “Manodzi” video beautifully encapsulates the essence of Stonebwoy’s single. Positioned as the final track on his 5th Dimension album, this song holds special significance. It represents the ‘root’ of the album and carries a profound message about life’s journey. “Manodzi” translates to ‘keeping on,’ emphasizing the importance of perseverance while striving to achieve one’s dreams. Stonebwoy regards it as the last track but not the least, as its uplifting message encourages listeners to reflect on their origins and aspirations.
Working with Angélique Kidjo has been a lifelong dream for Stonebwoy, dating back to the early days of his career. He expresses deep respect for Kidjo, describing her as a maternal figure not only to him but to all of Africa. Kidjo, known for her multifaceted talents as a singer, actor, and activist, is celebrated for her diverse approach to African sounds. In “Manodzi,” she further expands her repertoire by lending her vocals to the Ewe language, a tongue not native to her. This marks her first feature outside of her primary language, a fact that has resonated deeply with fans. The internet has erupted with love for the track, with social media platforms and reaction videos hailing “Manodzi” as Stonebwoy’s most spiritually charged track to date, proving that music transcends language barriers.
The “Manodzi” video stands as one of the most visually stunning cinematic experiences of Stonebwoy’s career. Produced by London-based Casey Kobia, the entire crew and cast spared no effort in creating what can only be described as one of the finest African music videos to date. The video conveys the sense that Stonebwoy is rightfully taking his place among the leaders of the African music industry. With the presence of Ms. Kidjo alongside him in the video, it represents the realization of years of dreams and hard work.
“Manodzi” is not just a song; it’s a testament to the artistic brilliance of Stonebwoy and the universal language of music. This collaboration with Angélique Kidjo is a true celebration of African music, culture, and resilience. As Stonebwoy continues to soar to new heights, “Manodzi” serves as a reminder that the journey is as significant as the destination.
Catch the video live right here on YouTube