This post contains fascinating information on all you need to know about Shatta Wale; his struggles, political inspirations, and rise to success. This article also includes information on his Net worth, numerous awards, and achievements; all through his career in the Music Industry.
Shatta Wale, whose full name is Charles Nil Amah Mensah Junior, is a Ghanaian born artist, singer, sound engineer, and producer. He is more specifically a Reggae-dancehall musician famously known for his best hit single “Dancehall King”. He remains the most renowned pioneer of the Reggae-dancehall music genre; and is the CEO of the Shatta Movement Records (SM4LYF)
Shatta Wale was born on the 17th of October, 1984 to Charles Mensa and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah in Accra, Ghana. His father was a politician, legal practitioner, and businessman. Shatta completed his primary education in the suburbs of Accra. It was at this time that he began to demonstrate his love for arts and even acted in the popular Akan Drama series; which was shown at the National Theatre of Ghana.
In a Facebook video, Shatta Wale told his fans that he did not enjoy maternal care and love during his early years due to the fallout between his mother and father, which he alleged was caused by a Pastor at the time. He stated that he remained under his father’s supervision until he took to the streets.
Intro to music
Shatta Wale was introduced to the Jamaican culture by his father at a tender age through the many Reggae records played by his father at home. He also accompanied his father to the UK many times to visit his relatives who were half Jamaicans. This helped deepen his love for the Reggae music and ultimately the Jamaican culture
Life in the ghetto
Nevertheless, his father wished that he further his education; and forcefully enrolled him into the Winneba Secondary School; but later moved him to a high school in the Volta Region of Ghana.
At the completion of his secondary education, Shatta Wale wished to delve into music, but his father hoped that he become a lawyer. This led to a severe fallout with his father and subsequently kicking him out of his family home.
According to Shatta, he had to live in the ghettos of Nima in Accra to survive. In an interview, he stated how he had gone many times without food; and how he is grateful to God for seeing him up to this moment.
Shatta Wale proceeded from the Ghetto and decided to visit Jamaica; where he attended much training and polished his craft in dancehall.
At the completion of his secondary school education, Shatta Wale delved head first into his music career quickly imbibing the stage name “ Badanna”. He was known as Badanna all around and made quite a success despite his young age. He gained popularity and credibility streetwise; and was known as the pioneer of the underdeveloped Ghanian dancehall genre at that time. In 2004, he began to make waves with his first hit single “ Moko Hoo” in which he featured the Ghanian Musician “Tinny”. This song even got him a nomination for the Ghanaian Music Awards. He followed this hit song back to back with more hit songs such as “No Problem” and “Obaa Ya”; earning an increasing fan-base and heavy rotation on the mike.
All of this success put him quickly on the mainstream Ghanaian music genre scene and in no time he became a household name as “Badanna.” After a while, nothing was heard from him for many years (2004 -2012). Although he had some songs such as “Telephone No,” “Anastasia” and “My Eyes Pon the Money,” but there were no significant hits.
It would interest you to know that Shatta Wale credits his passion for dancehall music to the likes of favorite musicians like Yoggy Doggy and Terry Bonchaka.
In the year 2013, Shatta Wale resurfaced to the music scene with a brand new act, name and even a recording studio. He emerged bearing the name “ Shatta Wale” and amassing a recording label as well. It was at this time that he released his most popular album “Dancehall King.”
His record label received even more popularity after he released the song “Me no need Awards” in retaliation for the alleged cheating that was made to him in the 2013 Ghana Music Awards. But he received no award for it.
In January 2014, Shatta Wale joined many Ghanaians who turned out at the Queen’s Baton Relay which was on a tour of Commonwealth countries in anticipation of the games in August that same year.
According to Shatta Wale in a news report, he stated that there were indeed an important event and he was proud to be a part of it.
In May 2014, Wale released a hit single “ Wine Ya Waist” which he featured Nigerian Artist “Davido”, and this was reported by the Guardian to be one of the “Five must listen to the song” of the month. He also released many popular tracks such as ‘Shatta city”, “Havana” and “Enter the Net.”
In 2015, he asked that he should not be nominated for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards due to his songs; “Dancehall Commando ( featuring Sakordie),” “Party all night long (featuring Jah Vinci),” Wine Ya Waist” and “Korce Gono.” The reason he requested this was that of the alleged defamatory remarks that he had made to the CEO of Charles House in a Video posted on his Facebook page.
Accolades and Politically Credible
Nevertheless, by the end of 2015, Shatta Wale was announced to have produced and released into the mainstream well over ninety-nine (99) songs. This was the most significant achievement not yet seen by any musician at that time.
One of his albums “After the Storm” was said to have attracted over fifty-five thousand music lovers who visited the Black Star Square in Ghana to witness his performance. This album alone contains well over 22 songs.
In 2016, Shatta Wale attained greater heights by getting involved with the Presidential elections at the time. He used his songs “Mahama Papa” and “Kakai” to run the polls for National Democratic Congress and New Patriotic Party in Ghana.
Although he helped this party, he out-rightly refused and told his fans that he was not endorsed by any of these parties and did not wish for it. After this, he released the “After the Storm album” which contained popular songs like “ Hoi it,” “Biegya” and “Baby (Chop Kiss).” His song “KaiKai” was seen as one of the most popular songs in the black community in the United States which further led to increased exposure to other areas in the World.
Across the World
In 2016, he announced that he would be embarking on a tour across Europe but this was canceled to allow for his performance at the prestigious “The O2” in London which held in August that year.
In 2017, Shatta Wale dominated the billboards with songs such as “Taking Over,” “Forgetti,” “Ayoo,” “Hossana” and many more. He also embarked on the much-awaited tour and visited essential cities including New York and Massachusetts.
On the 30th of January in 2018, after much rumors and comments, it was finally revealed that Shatta Wale had signed a new management deal with Zylophon Music in Ghana.
Wale is also known for his outstanding philanthropic activities; he has helped so many in need across Ghana.
In 2014, He visited the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he donated to the Children’s unit of the hospital. He also visited victims of the flood and fire event which occurred in June 2015 resulting in the loss of many lives.
In 2016, Shatta Wale made donations to the Police Hospital in Accra; his reasons were that this hospital was his birthplace.
Shatta Wale also runs an education campaign titled “Shatta Back to School Campaign.” This was made through his NGO, the Shatta Movement Management Team.
Through this organization, he has made donations to many schools across Ghana including donations to The Nana Aba Amoah’s Raising Readers Ghana Foundation.
- “Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year” – “Shatta City” (Nominated) at the Ghana Music Awards
- “Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video “– “Everybody Likes my Ting” (Nominated) at the Channel Music Video Awards.
- “Best Reggae/Dancehall Video” and “Most Popular Video” – “ Everybody Likes my Ting” (Won) at the 4Syte TV Music Video Awards.
- “African Artiste of the Year” and “Best Performer of the Year” (Won) at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
- “Best Collaboration of the year” (Nominated) at the BASS Awards.
- Won the awards for “Best Video Dancehall” and “DanceHall Artist of the Year” at the BASS Awards.
- “Best New Entertainer” (Won) at the International Reggae and World Music Awards
- “ Jigwe Musician of the Year” (Won) at the Jigwe Awards
- “DJ’s Song of the Year” (Won) at the Ghana DJ Awards
- “Best Music Video” – You Can’t Touch Me (Nominated) at The International Reggae and World Music Awards
- “Publisher’s Choice Award” (Won) at the 3G Awards
- ” Best African Act” (Nominated) at the MOBO Awards
- “People’s Choice Male Musician” (Won) at the GN Bank Awards.
- “Artiste with the Best Social Media Presence” (Won) at the Blogging and Social Media Awards.
- “Golden Discovery” (Won) at the Golden Movie Awards Africa
- “Best Song of the Year” (Won) at the Africa Europe DJ Awards in Italy
- “African Male Artiste of the Year” (Won) at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
- “Dancehall Artiste of the Year” (Won) at the Afrimma
- “Artiste of the Year” (Nominated) at the Africa Youth Choice Awards
- “Ghana Musician of the Year Award – Male”(Won) at the City People Entertainment Awards.
- Won “ Best Dancehall Artist” at the Africa Entertainment Awards in the USA.
- “Best African Song/Entertainer – Chop Kiss” (Won) at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.
- “Best Music Video -Chop Kiss” (Nominated) at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.
- Won “Best Dancehall Icon of the Year” at the Ghana Kids Choice Awards
- “Best International Act” (Won) at the Africa Royal Awards
- “African Dancehall Act of the Year” (Nominated) at the Africa Entertainment Legends Awards
- “Music Producer of the Year,” “Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year,” “Artiste of the Year” and “ Most Popular Song- Kakai” (Won) at the Ghana Music Awards UK
- “Most Popular Song – Chop Kiss,” “Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Kakai,” “Reggae / Dancehall Song of the Year – Hol’ It,” and “Album of the Year” ( Nominated) at the Ghana Music Awards.
- “Best West African Video,” “Best African Male Video,” “Best African Performance” (Nominated) at the Watsup African Music Video Awards.
- “Best African Reggae/Dancehall Video” (Won) at the Watsup African Music Video Awards.
- “Most Popular Video,” “Best Directed Video,” “Best Story Line Video,” “Best Male Video” ( Nominated) at the 4Syte Music Video Awards
- “Most Influential Artiste” (Won) at the 4Syte Music Video Awards
- “Art for Peace of the Year” (Won) at the Ghana Peace Awards.
- “People Choice of the Year” at the Muzato Emmerson Music Awards
- Nominated Musician of the Year Award at the African Youth awards
- Nominated “Jigwe Musician of the Year” at the Jigwe Awards
- “Best Producer” and “ People’s Choice Award” at the Ghana Music Honours
- Won “ Best Male Act” at the Ghana Naija Showbiz Awards
- Won “Best Song” at the Ghana Entertainment Awards in the US.
- “ Best Entertainer”(Won) at the Ghana Entertainment Awards US
- Nominated “ Man of the Year” at the EMY Africa Awards
- “Artiste of the Year”( Won) at the African Pride Awards
- “Best Event Set Up” (Won) at the Ghana Events Awards
- “Afro Beats Artiste of the Year,” “Collaboration of the Year,” “ Afro Pop Artiste of the Year,” “Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year” (Won) at the Ghana Music Awards UK.
- “Most Influential Artiste of the Year”(Won) at the Eastern Music Awards
- “Best Dancehall Artiste” (Won) at the African Entertainment Awards USA
- ‘Favorite Male Musician” and “Ultimate People’s Celebrity” (Won) at the People’s Celebrity Awards.
- “Most Popular Video” (Won) at the 4Syte Music Video Awards
- “ Best Male MVP,” “African Artiste of the Year” and “Digital Artiste of the Year” (Nominated) at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival
- ‘Song of the Year”, “Song Writer of the Year,” “Facebook Star of the Year,” ‘Male Act of the Year” and “Male Act of the Year” at the 3 Music Awards.
- Won the award for “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the Ghana Music Awards
- “Dancehall Artist of the Year,” “Dancehall Song of the Year,” “ Hiplife Song of the Year” and “Song of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards.
Shatta Wale Networth and Endorsements
In 2014, Shatta Wale received an endorsement as a Guinness Ghana Brand Ambassador and also a brand Ambassadorship for Rush Energy drinks.
On the 8th of July, 2017, he received the “Key to the City” accolade from the Mayor of Worcester, Joseph Petty in Massachusetts for his contribution to arts and for honoring the city of Worchester with this visit.
In September 2017, he also received yet another Ambassadorship title as the Ambassador of Kasapreko Company Limited in Ghana.
On the 1st of November, 2017, Shatta Wale was awarded a great gold coin by the President of the Republic of Ghana in honor of his 33rd birthday in appreciation from his participation in the general elections of 2016.
It would interest you to know that our talented Reggae Star is estimated to have a net worth of well over $7 million.