Shatta Wale Biography
Who is Shatta Wale?
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr, (born 17 October 1984) is a reggae-dancehall artist who hails from Ghana. He is popularly known as Shatta Wale or Bandana. He rose to fame again with his single titled “Dancehall King”, after a name change from Bandana to Shatta Wale. Dancehall King and other songs he released that year won him the Artist of the Year of the 2014 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. In 2014, he peaked to number 38 on E.tv’s “Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian” Awards chart. He has since then appeared on the chart every year. He was ranked “Most Influential Musician” on social media in 2017. He made a record-setting as a dancehall artist to have won 8 awards at the 2019 3 Music Awards ceremony.
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Shatta Wale was born in Accra,the Greater region of Ghana on 17 October 1984 to Charles Nii Armah Mensah Snr, his father and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah, his mother. He had his Junior High school education at Seven Great Princes Academy at Dansoman, where hewas known for acting in the school’s drama series. He continued to Winneba Secondary School, where he had his senior high school education.
He began his musical career at Winneba Secondary School where he learned to play keyboard and other music activities in the music class department. After school, he continued with his music career and along the line teamed up with one Ghanaian rapper, Tinny to produce a hit single titled “Moko Hoo”. The song earned him a nomination at the Ghana Music Awards that year. He released other songs like “No Problem” and “Obaa Yaa” after “Moko Hoo”. After some few years he flew out of the country to Jamaica to start a living there.
After spending some years there he returned with a change of name from Bandana to Shatta Wale. Not only did he change his name, he also changed his style of music to the Jamaican dancehall. His influenced made a lot people fall in love with his new style of music. He gained attention again with songs like “Dancehall King”, “Telephone No” “Anastasia” “My Eyes Pon Di Money” and others. Shatta Wale gives credit to the likes of the late Terry Bonchaka and Yoggy Doggy for nurturing him and motivating him when he began his dancehall journey. He stated on a peace fm interview “It was under their tutelage that they told me I was going to blow up and that my style is so unique.”
Concerts and Accolades
He is the first Ghanaian to organize 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. On Saturday 17 October 2020, he threw a massive birthday party, which saw attendance by family and friends at his East Legon residence to mark his 36th birthday.
Mayor of Worcester, Joseph Petty, presented Shatta Wale with the Key to the City on 8 July 2017. On 18 March 2018, Wale was presented an honoree award for his contribution to reggae in Ghana at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA), in conjunction with the 36th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).