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 (formerly Bandana), is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae–dancehall 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 and also featuring in Shattered Lives along with Bisa Kdei and Majid Michel.
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.
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.
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.”
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. That same year, his song “You Can’t Touch Me” was widely used for the Dancers Against Racism Campaign Worldwide.
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, Party all night long featuring Jah Vinci  Wine ya waist featuring Davido 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 for allegedly making defamatory remarks against the CEO of Charter House in a video he uploaded on his Facebook page.
In 2014, 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 the dancehall Messiah. He resurrected dancehall in Ghana and in Africa as a whole.
Shatta Wale Almost Clocked Hundred Songs for 2015.
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’
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 whilst many were spending time with friends and family.
Shatta Wale, Light A Million Lives and Quallo’s Production along with Gasmilla, Keche, 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.
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. 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”.
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.
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.
In 2014, Shatta Wale was unveiled as one of the brand ambassadors of Guinness Ghana Breweries along with other musicians like Reggie Rockstone, EL, and Fuse ODG for Made of Black campaign
Shatta, the dance hall superstar has also been unveiled as the brand ambassador for Rush Energy Drink
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.
|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||Affi Di Money||Unknown|||
|2017||Shame On You||Unknown|||
- After The Storm
- Cloud 9 (Hip Hop mixtape)
|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||Baby (Chop Kiss)||Lex MacCarthy|||
|2013||Every Body Like My Tin||PressPlay Vidz||48|
|2015||Gather Around||Lex MacCarthy||49|
Awards and nominations
|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
|Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year||Nominated|
D2 feat. Shatta Wale
|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|
|2014||International Reggae and World Music Awards||Best New Entertainer||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2014||Jigwe Awards||Jigwe Musician of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2014||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|||
|2015||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Dancehall Artiste||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2015||Swish HQ UK Awards||Best Song||Shatta Wale & Sonni Bali||Nominated|||
|2015||International Reggae and World Music Awards||Best Music Video – You Can’t Touch Me||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2015||3G Awards||Publisher’s Choice Award||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2015||MOBO Awards||Best African Act||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2015||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|||
|2016||Golden Movie Awards Africa||Golden Discovery||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Africa Europe DJ Awards (Italy)||Best Song of the Year – Kakai||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||African Male Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Afrimma Awards||Dancehall Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Africa Youth Choice Awards||Artiste of the Year||Shatta wale||Nominated|||
|2016||City People Entertainment Awards||Ghana Musician of the Year Award – Male||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Africa Entertainment Awards – USA||Best Dancehall Artiste||Shatta wale||Won|||
|2016||International Reggae and World Music Awards||Best African Song/Entertainer – Chop Kiss||Shatta wale||Won|||
|2016||International Reggae and World Music Awards||Best Music Video -Chop Kiss||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Kids Choice Awards||Best Dancehall Icon of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||African Royal Awards||Best International Act||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Ghana DJ Awards||DJ’s Song of the Year – Kakai||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||African Entertainment Legends Awards||African Dancehall Act of the Year||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Music Producer of the Year||Shatta Wale (Da Maker)||Won|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Most Popular Song – Kakai||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Most Popular Song – Chop Kiss||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Kakai||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Hol’ It||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Album of the Year||After the Storm – Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Ghana Music Awards UK||Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||WatsUp African Music Video Awards||Best West African Video||Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||WatsUp African Music Video Awards||Best African Male Video||Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||WatsUp African Music Video Awards||Best African Performance||After The Storm – Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||WatsUp African Music Video Awards||Best African Reggae/Dancehall Video||Chop Kiss – Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Best Reggae/Dancehall Video||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Most Popular Video||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Best Directed Video||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Best Story Line Video||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Best Male Video||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||4Syte Music Video Awards||Most Influential Artiste||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Ghana Peace Awards||Art for Peace of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Hausa Music Awards||People Choice of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2016||Africa Youth Awards||Musician of the Year||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2016||Jigwe Awards||Jigwe Musician of the Year||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2017||Ghana Music Honours||Best Producer||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2017||Ghana Music Honours||People’s Choice Award||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2017||Ghana Naija Showbiz Awards||Best Male Act||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Entertainment Awards USA||Best Song||Shatta Wale-Kakai||Won|| |
|2017||EMY Africa Awards||Man of the Year – Entertainment||Shatta Wale||Nominated|||
|2017||Ghana Entertainment Awards USA||Best Entertainer||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||African Pride Awards||Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Events Awards||Best Event Set Up||Shatta Wale (After the Storm Concert)||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Music Awards UK||Afro Beats Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Music Awards UK||Collaboration of the Year||Shatta Wale ft Addi sef, Captan & Joint 77||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Music Awards UK||Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Music Awards UK||Afro Pop Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Ghana Music Awards UK||Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|| |
|2017||Eastern Music Awards||Most Influential Artiste of the Year||Shatta Wale||Won|||
|2017||African Entertainment Awards (USA)||Best Dancehall Artiste||Shatta Wale||Won|||