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Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale

Ghanaian musician
Shatta Wale
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Ghanaian musician
Is Musician Record producer Composer
From Ghana
Type Business Music
Gender male
Birth 17 October 1920, Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Age 100 years
Star sign Libra
Genre:
Reggae
Audio
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The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., (born 17 October 1985, known professionally as Shatta Wale (formerly Bandana), is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, actor and CEO of Shatta Movements Empire. He won Artiste of the Year at the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for his best known single "Dancehall King", and has appeared films such as Never Say Never, The trial of Shatta Wale, and Shattered Lives.

Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at the time, he achieved popularity with his 2004 single, "Moko Hoo", which features Tinny. Then known in the industry as Bandana, the song earned Him a Ghana Music Awards nomination. There afterward, Bandana went missing in the music circus for nearly a decade until rebranding Himself in 2013. He began releasing music under a new name, Shatta Wale, under His record label (SM Records).

In 2014, he peaked at number 38 on E.tv's "Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian" Awards chart. He has since appeared on the chart each year. He was ranked "Most Influential Musician" on social media in 2017. He won 8 awards at the 3Music Awards in 2019 and also the most awarded dancehall artist in Africa.

Early life

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. was born in Accra, Ghana at the Police Hospital on 17 October 1984. The son of a couple from Accra and the Volta Region of Ghana, his father is Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr, a politician, businessman and legal practitioner. Shatta Wale attended Seven Great Princes Academy at Dansoman, a suburb in Accra, where he demonstrated an affinity for arts and acted in a popular drama series, By the Fireside, at the National Theatre of Ghana. Growing up, he lived with his family in Laterbiokorshie, Dansoman and then later Korle Gonno during his formative years. In a Facebook live video, Wale stated that he did not enjoy motherly love and care at the early stages of his life because a pastor caused a separation between his parents which made him remain under his father's care and later ending up on the streets. His mother is Elsie Evelyn Avemegah.

As a child, his father introduced him to the Jamaican culture by playing Reggae records in the house and also continuously travelling with him to the UK to meet his relatives who were half Jamaicans. These exposures made him develop a love for music at a tender age. His intense passion to do music made him lose interest in schooling but his father forced him to complete his high school education later in the Volta Region of Ghana which had initially kicked off at the Winneba Secondary School in the Central Region of Ghana. Even in the school and right after school he pursued his musical dream but his father did not agree and wanted him to become a lawyer, this led to a misunderstanding between the two eventually tearing down their beautiful relationship. Shatta Wale lived in almost all the ghettos (Nima) in Accra just to survive: "There were many times I slept without food. I have been through all the hustle in life, I mean hell. I have lived with the people and became one of their own. No wonder my music easily resonates with the people. I am thankful to God for making me see the daylight." Stated in an interview.

Shatta Wale later went to Jamaica to polish and master his dance hall craft. "Every boy in Ghana doing dance hall came for tutelage from me before mastering the dance hall genre. So no wonder my fans call me King because they know the history of the modern dance hall in Ghana" Shatta Wale stated in an interview.

Career

2004–: Career beginnings

His musical career began during his high school days at the Winneba Secondary School where he learned to play keyboard and received routine vocal training at the school's music class department, then known as Doggy. After secondary school, he the took time to work on his music. Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dance hall genre at the time, he soon gained recognition with his hit single, "Moko Hoo", which featured fellow Ghanaian musician Tinny in 2004 using Bandana as his stage name. The song earned him a nomination at the Ghana Music Awards that year. Bandana followed with the hit songs "No Problem" and "Obaa Yaa". At this point, he was receiving heavy rotation on radio and was backed by a fan base that shot him into the mainstream Ghanaian music scene. Despite his prominence, Bandana went missing in the music circus in Ghana.

2009–2012

With a re-branded name from Bandana to Shatta Wale, he started a new career which largely bothers on dance hall in a Jamaican style of production in Nima, a small community in Accra, Ghana, a place that harbors a lot of Muslim youth and ghettos. It was there he amassed a fan base, who were influenced by him and felt empowered by his songs. Wale released songs almost everyday on his social media handles free to download and would performed them in small communities in Accra mostly in Nima. He started gaining slow attention again with songs like "Telephone No" "Anastasia" "My Eyes Pon Di Money" and others. This approach revived dance hall in Ghana, a genre which had been left abandoned. The likes of Root Eye, General Marcus, Yoggy Doggy and others years ago had started but could not breakthrough. Shatta Wale gives credit to the likes of Terry Bonchaka and Yoggy Doggy for nurturing him when he began his dance hall journey. "It was under their tutelage that they told me I was going to blow up and that my style is so unique." Stated in an interview on Peace Fm. He explained in an interview with King Lagazee why he had been less active and what the reason for his decreased popularity was.

A lot of people wan mi fi dead but mi dehya. I know my fans have missed me but mi naa dead. I was learning how to produce beats, mix and master and also perfecting my craft. So basically that is what is keeping me away.

– Wale, then known as Bandana, on his decreased visibility in the music industry

2013–2015

Largely producing and mastering majority of his songs such as "Havana", "Shatta City", "Enter the Net", "Everybody Likes My Tin", and "Dance hall King", the latter of which became his biggest hit after his comeback. The tracks were well received in Ghana and globally with critics talking about the influence of Jamaican dance hall as many Ghanaian were only used to the type of dance hall called Hip-life with a touch of ragga. Wale then successfully toured Canada and United States in 2014.

The Guardian qualified "Wine Ya Waist" featuring Davido among its five must listened new tracks from around the world. By 2015, without a doubt, he has cemented his place on the global music space as a force to reckon with in dance hall music with a solid repertoire of hit songs that were receiving international awards and nominations which some includes; International Reggae & World Music Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, MOBO etc. He toured Europe in 2015, and also shared the same stage with P-Square, Flavor and others at the Wembley Arena in London.

2016–2018

In a heated political atmosphere, Wale became one of the most powerful men in Ghana as two biggest political parties, National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party used his hit songs; "Mahama Paper" and "Kakai" to run their campaign in the 2016 general election. In a desultory conversation with an interviewer, Wale stated that: There were some attempts by some members from the political parties to coax him to endorse their party but he did not cling because of his fans. There were banners in town bearing Shatta Movement for NDC but Wale in a Facebook post made it clear that he has not endorsed any political party and all parties running their campaign under the Shatta Movement Banner should desist or face legal action. However, wale did not hesitate to perform for any of the political parties as his service was demanded.

Songs released from After the Storm album like "Mahama Paper", "Baby (Chop Kiss)", "Biegya (Open Fire)", "Hol'It", and "Kakai" were successful in Ghana. Wale stayed atop the charts locally and also had "Hol'It" top BBC Radio 1Xtra's Afroboss Top 5 songs chart. Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser also said he was deeply impressed by the popularity of "KAKAI" and that it made waves within the African community in the United States and beyond, including topping several dance hall charts globally. For that, he stated his wish that bureaucrats would confirm "Kakai" to appear in the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6. If confirmed, Wale could earn up to $744,000 annually.

In 2017, he toured the US to promote After the Storm, then traveled to Jamaica to shoot videos for projects he had jointly done with some producers there.

Wale signed with Zylofon Music in January 2018. He released his third album, Reign, on 13 October at the Fantasy Dome in Accra, and used the occasion to propose to his longtime girlfriend Michy on stage. The album achieved a record for a Ghanaian act by appearing on the Billboard Top World Albums Chart, placing sixth.

2019-2020

In 2019 he also had a collaboration with Beyoncé titled “Already” on her “The Gift” which climbed international charts and was nominated at the Grammy Awards. He had the most packed concert in the history of Ghana music with his Reign Concert as the only performer.

2020 seems to be another wonderful year for the African Dancehall King. The services of Shatta Wale was needed to headline the compilation album of the Reggae Edition of The Tropical house Cruises to Jamaica by Contractor. The album Climbed international charts all over the world and made great waves with his single track titled “DREAM” on the album.

Shatta Wale has disclosed his highly promising next project To be an album titled “Gift Of God” which will be released next year 2021.


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Concerts

He organized a digital concert on YouTube which was dubbed the Faith Concert. The concert was organized to bring hope to Ghanaians and his global audience at large during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. He was selected by The Ministry of Communications, Ghana, alongside Highlife musician Kuami Eugene as the headline artistes for the Covid-19 app virtual launch concert held on Monday April 13,2020

Accolades

Mayor of Worcester, Joseph Petty, presented Shatta Wale with the Key to the City on 8 July 2017, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

On 18 March 2018, Wale was presented an honoree award for his outstanding contribution to reggae in Ghana and globally at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA), in conjunction with the 36th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

Wale received an honoree award on 11 May 2018, alongside Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, Chronixx, Daddy Fresh, Winning Jah, Jah Cure, Sean Paul, Ben Priest and other personalities at the Obaland Royal Awards in Nigeria. The awards were held by an entertainment firm owned by King Ewuare II of Benin City, Edo State. The Obaland plaque was reportedly valued by specialized anthropologists and museum critics in Benin City, and declared to be worth US$34 million.

Endorsements

In 2014, Wale became a brand ambassador for Guinness Ghana Breweries. and as the brand ambassador for Rush Energy Drink.

In September 2017, Kasapreko Company, producers of several alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Ghana, unveiled Wale as their newest brand ambassador for Storm Energy Drink.

On 17 November 2017, Shatta Wale signed a deal with Boss Baker Beef Roll as the brand ambassador. Infinix Ghana, a smartphone company, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 announced Shata Wale as its Brand Ambassador

Discography

Albums

  • After the Storm (2016)
  • Cloud 9 (2017, hip hop mixtape)
  • Reign (2018)
  • Wonder Boy(2019)

Singles

Year Title Album Ref.
2016 Aroma Currency Year Mixtape
2016 Like You After the Storm
2016 Longtime After the Storm
2016 Dancehall King (Part 2) After The Storm
2017 Haters Unknown
2017 Affi Di Money Unknown
2017 Shame On You Unknown
2017 Disaster African Takeover
2017 Patoranking African Takeover
2018 Zylofon Unknown
2018 True Believer Unknown
2018 Ego Taya Dem Unknown
2018 Storm Unknown
2018 Shito Unknown
2018 Performer Unknown [1]
2018 Thunder Fire Unknown
2018 Don't Baby My baby Reign
2018 Bend Over Reign
2018 Squeeze Reign
2018 I Regret Reign
2018 If i See Reign
2018 Give Dem Something Reign
2018 Crazy Reign
2018 Amount Reign
2018 Wonders Reign
2018 Rosalinda Reign
2018 Sister Sister Reign
2018 Mama Stories Reign
2018 Gringo Reign
2018 My Mind Is Made Up Reign
2018 Caesar Reign
2018 Exodus Reign
2018 One Way Style Reign
2018 My Level Unknown
2019 Shatta with 9 (feat. 9TYZ) Unknown
2019 Packaging (feat. Medikal) Unknown
2019 Run 4 yuh life Unknown
2019 No Look Unknown
2019 Weather Forecast Unknown
2019 I Hate Nonsense Unknown
2019 Borjor Unknown

Videography

Year Title Director Ref.
2019 Island Yaw Skyface
2019 Crazy sesan
201 My level Sesan
2018 Gringo Sesan
2018 Bullet Proof Sesan
2017 Nobody Go Talk Rex
2017 Life Changer Rex
2017 Waitti Will Drey
2017 Ayoo Sire Chopperson
2017 Taking Over Sire Chopperson
2016 Shatta Story Mexx Studio
2016 Krom Aye Shi (Town Make Hot) Lex MacCarthy
2016 Too Sweet Will Drey
2016 Story to Tell Prince Dovlo
2016 Too Much Chemical Prince Dovlo
2016 Kill Dem with Prayers Lex MacCarthy
2016 Kakai Xpress Philms
2016 Baby (Chop Kiss) Lex MacCarthy
2013 Every Body Like My Tin PressPlay Vidz 48
2015 Gather Around Lex MacCarthy 49

Awards and nominations

In 2014, Shatta Wale was nominated for the Maiden GN Bank Awards as the People's Choice Male Musician of the year. He was also named the 38th Most Influential Ghanaian by E-TV Ghana in 2015 in their annual survey of influential people in Ghana. He is currently the most Awarded Dancehall artist in Africa and one of the most awarded dancehall artist in the world.

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2013 Ghana Music Awards Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year – Shatta City Shatta Wale Nominated
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video "Everybody Likes My Ting" Nominated
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Reggae/Dancehall Video Won
Most Popular Video Won
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards African Artiste of the Year Won
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male West Africa Nominated
Best Dancehall Artiste Nominated
Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Won
Best Collaboration of the Year "Hot Cake"
Pope Skinny feat. Shatta Wale
Nominated
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year Nominated
"Fever"
D2 feat. Shatta Wale
Nominated
"Dancehall King" Won
Nigerian Entertainment Awards African Artiste of the Year Won
BASS Awards Best Performer of the Year Won
Best Collaboration of the year D2 ft. Shatta Wale – "Fever" Nominated
Shatta Wale ft. D Black – "Ina the Party" Nominated
Best Video Dancehall "Like My Thing" Won
Dancehall Artiste of the year Shatta Wale – "Enter the Net" Won
International Reggae and World Music Awards Best New Entertainer Shatta Wale Won
Jigwe Awards Jigwe Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana DJ Awards DJ's Song of the Year Shatta Wale – Dancehall King Won
2015 African Entertainment Awards Best African Reggae / Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Nominated
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Nominated
Swish HQ UK Awards Best Song Shatta Wale & Sonni Bali Nominated
International Reggae and World Music Awards Best Music Video – You Can't Touch Me Shatta Wale Nominated
3G Awards Publisher's Choice Award Shatta Wale Won
MOBO Awards Best African Act Shatta Wale Nominated
GN Bank Awards People's Choice Male Musician Shatta Wale Won
2016 Blogging and Social Media Awards Artiste with the Best Social Media Presence Shatta Wale Won
Golden Movie Awards Africa Golden Discovery Shatta Wale Won
Africa Europe DJ Awards (Italy) Best Song of the Year – Kakai Shatta Wale Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards African Male Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Afrimma Awards Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Africa Youth Choice Awards Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Ghana Musician of the Year Award – Male Shatta Wale Won
Africa Entertainment Awards – US Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta wale Won
International Reggae and World Music Awards Best African Song/Entertainer – Chop Kiss Shatta wale Won
International Reggae and World Music Awards Best Music Video -Chop Kiss Shatta Wale Nominated
Ghana Kids Choice Awards Best Dancehall Icon of the Year Shatta Wale Won
African Royal Awards Best International Act Shatta Wale Won
Ghana DJ Awards DJ's Song of the Year – Kakai Shatta Wale Won
African Entertainment Legends Awards African Dancehall Act of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Ghana Music Awards UK Music Producer of the Year Shatta Wale (Da Maker) Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Most Popular Song – Kakai Shatta Wale Won
Most Popular Song – Chop Kiss Nominated
Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Kakai Nominated
Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Hol' It Nominated
Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year Won
Album of the Year After the Storm – Shatta Wale Nominated
Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Awards UK 2018 Raggae/Dancehall song of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best West African Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Nominated
WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Male Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Nominated
WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Performance After The Storm – Shatta Wale Nominated
WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Reggae/Dancehall Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Won
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Reggae/Dancehall Video Shatta Wale Won
4Syte Music Video Awards Most Popular Video Shatta Wale Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Directed Video Shatta Wale Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Story Line Video Shatta Wale Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Male Video Shatta Wale Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Most Influential Artiste Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Peace Awards Art for Peace of the Year Shatta Wale Won
muzato emmerson Music Awards People Choice of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Africa Youth Awards Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Jigwe Awards Jigwe Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
2017 Ghana Music Honours Best Producer Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Honours People's Choice Award Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Naija Showbiz Awards Best Male Act Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Best Song Shatta Wale-Kakai Won
EMY Africa Awards Man of the Year – Entertainment Shatta Wale Nominated
Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Best Entertainer Shatta Wale Won
African Pride Awards Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Events Awards Best Event Set Up Shatta Wale (After the Storm Concert) Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Afro Beats Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Collaboration of the Year Shatta Wale ft Addi sef, Captan & Joint 77 Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Afro Pop Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Eastern Music Awards Most Influential Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
African Entertainment Awards (US) Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Won
People's Celebrity Awards Favourite Male Musician Shatta Wale Won
Ultimate People's Celebrity Shatta Wale Won
4Syte Music Video Awards Most Popular Video Shatta Wale- Taking Over Won
Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best Male MVP Shatta Wale Nominated
African Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Digital Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
2018 3 Music Awards Song of the Year Ayoo Won
Song Writer of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Facebook Star of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Male Act of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Music Awards Best Collaboration of the Year Taking Over Won
Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Dancehall Song of the Year Dem Confuse Nominated
Hiplife Song of the Year Ayoo Nominated
Song of the Year Taking Over Nominated
African Entertainment Awards (US) Best Dancehall Act Shatta Wale Won
Ghana Entertainment Awards (US) Best Song Taking Over Won
Best Collaboration Taking Over Won
Best Entertainer Shatta Wale Won
Best Reggae/Dancehall Act Shatta Wale Nominated
2019 Ugandan Music Excellence Awards Best African Music Video Shatta Wale Won
3 Music Awards Viral Song of the Year Shatta Wale-Gringo Won
Highlife Song of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year Shatta Wale-Gringo Won
Digital Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Fan Army of the Year Shatta movement-Shatta Wale Won
Reggae Dancehall Act of the Year Shatta Wale Won
Music Video of the Year Shatta Wale-Gringo Won
Album of the Year Shatta Wale-Reign Album Nominated
Song of the Year Shatta Wale-My Level Won
Male Act of the Year Shatta Wale Won
2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Pending
Highlife Song of the Year Shatta Wale-My Level Won
Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year Shatta Wale-Gringo Won
Afro Pop Song of the Year Shatta Wale – Thunder Fire feat SM Militants Nominated
Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated
Best Video of the Year Shatta Wale – Gringo (Dir Sesan) Nominated
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year Shatta Wale-My Level Pending
Album of the Year Shatta Wale-Reign Album Nominated
Best African Collaboration Shatta Wale ft Olamide Nominated
Artiste of the Decade Shatta Wale Nominated
Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae Dancehall Artist of the Year Himself Won
Popular Song of the Year "My Level" Won
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