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Biography of Shatta Wale

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Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., born on October 17, 1984 to Charles Mensah Snr. and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah, and known by his stage name Shatta Wale[1] (formerly Bandana), is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggaedancehall musician. He is best known for his song “Dancehall King”, which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. He traveled to Jamaica to learn dancehall. Shatta Wale acted in the movie Never Say Never featuring Charles Kofi Bucknor, Edward Kufuor and Paulina Oduro[2] and also featuring in Shattered Lives along with Bisa Kdei and Majid Michel.[3]

Career[edit]

Charles attended Winneba Secondary School and during that time he was known as ‘Anas. He changed his name to “Bandana” after senior high school and released the track “Moko Ho(Bandana from Ghana)”. The song which featured one of Ghana’s outstanding talents, Tinny, made tremendous air waves in the Ghanaian music industry in 2004. After the release of his first album titled Bandana from Ghana, Bandana went into a musical hiatus until he re-branded himself to Shatta Wale and released his song “Dancehall King” in 2013, which became a hit. He is the leader, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the Shatta Movement (SM) or (SM4LYF).
Shatta Wale’s rise happened at the 2013 VGMAs, with his musical dexterity, he composed a song against the organizers of the Ghana Music Awards titled Me Need No Awards because he alleged the organizers cheated him off the Dancehall Artiste of the Year to female Dancehall Artiste Kaakie. The song had very uncharitable lyrics. The media, bloggers and other entertainment pundits claim led to his breakthrough and relevance in the Ghanaian Music Industry.

Alkaline & Shatta Wale

His greatest hit in 2013, “Dancehall King” took the airwaves by surprise. Shatta Wale’s musical revenue is mostly generated through hosting of shows which attracts most thousands of Ghanaian youths.[4]
In January 2014, Shatta Wale, joined hundreds of Ghanaians to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay, which was on tour of some Commonwealth countries, ahead of the games in August 2014. Grateful for the opportunity given him, he took to social media to thank those who made it happen.
“It happens once in a life time..I will like to thank the president of Ghana and the nation for granting me the opportunity to be part of the change in the queens Baton..God bless my homeland Ghana.#SM4LYF.”[5][6]
In May 2014, British Newspaper, The Guardian, reported Wale’s song “Wine Ya Waist” featuring Davido from Nigeria was one of five “must-listen to” songs.[7] That same year, his song “You Can’t Touch Me” was widely used for the Dancers Against Racism Campaign[8] Worldwide.

Shatta wale performing in Gabon

In 2015, Shatta Wale asked not to be nominated in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards even though he could have won the prestigious Artiste & Song of the year for the second time running with his hit songs Dancehall Commando featuring Sarkodie,[9] Party all night long featuring Jah Vinci [10][11][12][13][14] Wine ya waist featuring Davido[15] and Korle Gonno among many hit songs he released the preceding year: because of a pending court case with the organisers of the awards, Charter House Productions Limited[16][17][18] for allegedly making defamatory remarks against the CEO of Charter House in a video he uploaded on his Facebook page.[19]
In 2014, Wale was nominated for the Maiden GN Bank Awards[20][21] as the People’s Choice Male Musician of the year.[22] He was also named the 38th Most Influential Ghanaian by E-TV Ghana in 2015 in their annual survey of influential people in Ghana.[23][24] He is the dancehall Messiah. He resurrected dancehall in Ghana and in Africa as a whole.
Shatta Wale Almost Clocked Hundred Songs for 2015.[25]
His ‘After The Storm’ album launch which was held at the Black Star Square in Accra Ghana on April 29, 2016 attracted an estimated audience of over sixty thousand, which he thrilled his audience with countless songs.
The album which contains 22 list of songs received generally positive review from critics. Commending him for investing tremendous hard work into the production and having his songs like, Reality, Kakai, Hol’ It, Mkportor Kportor ,Baby (Chop kiss ) Kill Dem Wif Prayers etc. breaking boundaries and topping charts around the world.
In 2017 Shatta Wale got the highest views of his new latest song ‘Taking Over’

Philanthropy[edit]

During Christmas festivities of 2014, Shatta Wale took the opportunity to visit the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Ghana’s biggest hospital to donate generously to the Children’s Block worth Thousands of Ghanaian cedi[26][27] whilst many were spending time with friends and family.
Shatta Wale, Light A Million Lives and Quallo’s Production along with GasmillaKeche, Episode and Dada Halfco donated to the victims of the twin disasters (flood and fire) that occurred in Accra on 3 June 2015 in which hundreds of people lost their lives. The group brought along Food, Water, Antiseptic Liquid, Antiseptic Soap, Wipes, Sanitizers, Clothes and a whole lot of items to support the victims.[28]
As part of his philanthropy works, on February 8, 2016, Shatta Wale donated some items to the Police Hospital in Accra. These items included 3 LED TV, Wheel Chairs, Beverages, Detergents, and many others. He also made an undisclosed cash donation to save the life of a young girl and also to help with general administrative work at the government-owned establishment.[29][30][31][32] According to Shatta, he chose the Police Hospital because “Today we donated some items to the police hospital in Accra-Osu. Since this was the hospital I was born in, I and my shatta movement management and crew decided to visit the children’s ward. We will be visiting most hospitals as time goes on..#notime #SMTAKEOVA”.[19][33]
Shatta, on an educational campaign dubbed “Shatta Back to School Campaign” along with his Shatta Movement Management Team donated some educational materials to some schools which were selected in by the team in collaboration with the regional unit of the Ghana Educational Service as well as the Techiman Traditional Council.[34]
As part of his educational campaign, Shatta Wale donated several books to support Nana Aba Anamoah’s RAISING READERS GHANA FOUNDATION ahead of its official launch, which seeks to cultivate and promote reading among Ghanaian children aged between 6 and 13 years.[35]

Endorsements[edit]

In 2014, Shatta Wale was unveiled as one of the brand ambassadors of Guinness Ghana Breweries along with other musicians like Reggie RockstoneEL, and Fuse ODG for Made of Black campaign[36]
Shatta, the dance hall superstar has also been unveiled as the brand ambassador for Rush Energy Drink[37][38][39]
In September, 2017 Kasapreko Company Ltd producers of several alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Ghana, unveiled their newest brand ambassador,Shatta Wale, one that will advocate for Storm Energy Drink, the company’s newest energy drink.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Ref
2016 Aroma Currency Year Mixtape [40]
2016 Like You After The Storm [41]
2016 Longtime After The Storm [42]
2016 Dancehall King (Part 2) After The Storm [43]
2017 Haters Unknown [44]
2017 Affi Di Money Unknown [45]
2017 Shame On You Unknown [46]
2017 Disaster African Takeover [47]
2017 Patoranking African Takeover [48]
Kakai

Discography[edit]

  • After The Storm[49]
  • Cloud 9 (Hip Hop mixtape)

Videography[edit]

Year Title Director Ref
2017 Waitti Will Drey [50]
2017 Ayoo Sire Chopperson [51]
2017 Taking Over Sire Chopperson [52]
2016 Shatta Story Mexx Studio [53]
2016 Krom Aye Shi (Town Make Hot) Lex MacCarthy [54]
2016 Too Sweet Will Drey [55]
2016 Story To Tell Prince Dovlo [56]
2016 Too Much Chemical Prince Dovlo [57]
2016 Kill Dem with Prayers Lex MacCarthy [58]
2016 Kakai Xpress Philms
2016 Baby (Chop Kiss) Lex MacCarthy [59]
2013 Every Body Like My Tin PressPlay Vidz 48
2015 Gather Around Lex MacCarthy 49

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Ref
2016 Shattered Lives N/A [60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2013 Ghana Music Awards Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year – Shatta City Shatta Wale Nominated [61][62]
Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video “Everybody Likes My Ting” Nominated [63][64]
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best Reggae/Dancehall Video Won [65]
Most Popular Video Won
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards African Artiste of the Year Won [66]
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Male West Africa Nominated [67]
Best Dancehall Artiste Nominated
Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Won [4]
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 [68]
BASS Awards Best Performer of the Year Won [69][70]
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
2014 International Reggae and World Music Awards Best New Entertainer Shatta Wale Won [71]
2014 Jigwe Awards Jigwe Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Won [72]
2014 Ghana DJ Awards DJ’s Song of the Year Shatta Wale – Dancehall King Won [73][73]
Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2015 African Entertainment Awards Best African Reggae / Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Nominated [74][75]
2015 African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Nominated [76][77][78][79][80]
2015 Swish HQ UK Awards Best Song Shatta Wale & Sonni Bali Nominated [81][82]
2015 International Reggae and World Music Awards Best Music Video – You Can’t Touch Me Shatta Wale Nominated [83]
2015 3G Awards Publisher’s Choice Award Shatta Wale Won [84]
2015 MOBO Awards Best African Act Shatta Wale Nominated [85][86]
2015 GN Bank Awards People’s Choice Male Musician Shatta Wale Won [87]
Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2016 Blogging and Social Media Awards Artiste with the Best Social Media Presence Shatta Wale Won [88]
2016 Golden Movie Awards Africa Golden Discovery Shatta Wale Won [89][90]
2016 Africa Europe DJ Awards (Italy) Best Song of the Year – Kakai Shatta Wale Won [91]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards African Male Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [92][93][94]
2016 Afrimma Awards Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [95][96][97]
2016 Africa Youth Choice Awards Artiste of the Year Shatta wale Nominated [98]
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Ghana Musician of the Year Award – Male Shatta Wale Won [99]
2016 Africa Entertainment Awards – USA Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta wale Won [100][101]
2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards Best African Song/Entertainer – Chop Kiss Shatta wale Won [102][103]
2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards Best Music Video -Chop Kiss Shatta Wale Nominated [102][103]
2016 Ghana Kids Choice Awards Best Dancehall Icon of the Year Shatta Wale Won [104][105]
2016 African Royal Awards Best International Act Shatta Wale Won [106]
2016 Ghana DJ Awards DJ’s Song of the Year – Kakai Shatta Wale Won [107][108]
2016 African Entertainment Legends Awards African Dancehall Act of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated [109][110]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Music Producer of the Year Shatta Wale (Da Maker) Won [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Most Popular Song – Kakai Shatta Wale Won [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Most Popular Song – Chop Kiss Shatta Wale Nominated [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Kakai Shatta Wale Nominated [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Hol’ It Shatta Wale Nominated [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Album of the Year After the Storm – Shatta Wale Nominated [111]
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [111]
2016 WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best West African Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Nominated [112]
2016 WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Male Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Nominated [112]
2016 WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Performance After The Storm – Shatta Wale Nominated [112]
2016 WatsUp African Music Video Awards Best African Reggae/Dancehall Video Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale Won [112]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Reggae/Dancehall Video Shatta Wale Won [113][114]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Most Popular Video Shatta Wale Nominated [113][114]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Directed Video Shatta Wale Nominated [113]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Story Line Video Shatta Wale Nominated [113]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Male Video Shatta Wale Nominated [113][114]
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Most Influential Artiste Shatta Wale Won [113][114]
2016 Ghana Peace Awards Art for Peace of the Year Shatta Wale Won [115]
2016 Hausa Music Awards People Choice of the Year Shatta Wale Won [115]
2016 Africa Youth Awards Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated [116]
2016 Jigwe Awards Jigwe Musician of the Year Shatta Wale Nominated [117][118]
Year Event Prize Recipient Result Reference
2017 Ghana Music Honours Best Producer Shatta Wale Won [119]
2017 Ghana Music Honours People’s Choice Award Shatta Wale Won [120]
2017 Ghana Naija Showbiz Awards Best Male Act Shatta Wale Won [121] [122]
2017 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Best Song Shatta Wale-Kakai Won [123] [124]
2017 EMY Africa Awards Man of the Year – Entertainment Shatta Wale Nominated [125]
2017 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Best Entertainer Shatta Wale Won [126] [127]
2017 African Pride Awards Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [128] [129]
2017 Ghana Events Awards Best Event Set Up Shatta Wale (After the Storm Concert) Won [130] [131]
2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Afro Beats Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [132] [133]
2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Collaboration of the Year Shatta Wale ft Addi sef, Captan & Joint 77 Won [134] [135]
2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [136] [137]
2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Afro Pop Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [138] [139]
2017 Ghana Music Awards UK Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [140] [141]
2017 Eastern Music Awards Most Influential Artiste of the Year Shatta Wale Won [142]
2017 African Entertainment Awards (USA) Best Dancehall Artiste Shatta Wale Won [143]

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