- Name: Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr.
- Date of birth: 17 October 1984
- Age: 35 years
- Home town: Accra, Ghana
- Parents: Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr. (father) and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah (Mother)
- Occupation: Musician
- Estimated net worth: $13 million (2020)
- Spouse: Not married
- Children: Majesty, Papa Nii Jedidiah, Winnie
Officially named Charles Nii Armah Mensah, Shatta Wale formerly known by the showbiz name Bandana is a reggae-dancehall musician, songwriter, producer and actor from Ghana.
He did not make as much impact on the Ghanaian music scene as “Bandana” like he does with “Shatta Wale.”
As of April 2020, he had 41 tracks to his credit made up of four major albums and singles.
He got into the limelight in 2004 with “Moko Hoo” as “Bandana” a song that earned him a Ghana Music Awards nomination.
Shatta has appeared in three movies, “Never say Never”, “The trial of Shatta Wale” and “Shattered Lives.”
Not much was heard of him again for almost a decade. In the year 2013, he bounced back unto the Ghanaian music scene as “Shatta Wale” with his record label of SM4LYF Records.
Since then, he has made a lot of impacts. Within social media space, he became Ghana’s “Most Influential Musician” in 2017.
In 2019, Shatta swept eight awards during the 3music awards. The icing on the cake for him was the “most awarded dancehall artist in Africa” that year.
Shatta meets the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo.
Shatta’s parents are Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr. and Mama Elsie Evelyn Avemegah. He grew up in Laterbiokorshie, Dansoman and then later Korle Gonno.
His yearn for arts showed up early as he joined in the “By the Fireside” a storytelling series on TV.
His father took him on some of his journeys to the UK at a tender age, and this helped to give Shatta exposure.
His musical career began at the Winniba Secondary School where he learnt how to play the keyboard. He also went through a series of vocal training at the school. Right after school, he jumped into the terrain releasing “Moko Hoo” featuring Tinny in 2004 with as “Bandana”.
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His next releases were “No Problem” and “Obaa Yaa” which were both hit songs. These opened the door for him within the musical space, but he went missing for a while only to resurface as “Shatta Wale” almost a decade later.
Between 2009 and 2012 the new brand Shatta Wale made waves with several tracks and gained considerable attention. Three of these were “Telephone No”, “Anastasia”, and “My Eyes Pon Di Money”. His Jamaican influence began to show as he began to fuse the Jamaican accent into his music.
From 2013 to 2015, his influence grew even stronger with ver popular songs. Two of which are “Havana” and “Dance hall King”.
By now, he was mastering and recording his music. “Dance hall King” became a major hit in Ghana and was largely accepted as it had a new touch of dancehall which wasn’t as popular as Hiplife and rap music which had taken over the country at the time.
In 2014, he successfully toured the USA and Canada and received some global attention, that same year,
The Guardian rated his collaboration with Davido, “Wine Ya Waist” as part of the top five most listened to new songs across the globe.
The next year saw him taking his place in the global music scene with several hits. These got him even greater international recognition as he got nominated across several International Reggae & World Music Awards. Some of these were Nigeria Entertainment Awards, the MOBO Awards.
2015 saw him touring Europe, sharing a stage with known names like P-Square, Flavor and others at the Wembley Arena in London.
The political era in Ghana’s election 2016 saw the two biggest political parties clamouring for his songs as campaign songs, and this even made him more popular. Even though he did not endorse any of the parties, “Mahama Paper” and “Kakai” were heavily used by the New Democratic Congress and New Patriotic Parties respectively during their campaigns.
The next year saw him releasing “After the Storm” album. This was a huge success in Ghana. Songs like “Kakai” and “Mahama Paper” became very popular on the music scene. He stayed on the top of many music charts both locally and internationally.
In January 2018, he signed with Zylofon Music and released his third album Reign, on 13 October at the Fantasy Dome in Accra.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shatta organized a virtual concert on YouTube to support the work of educating the Ghanaian populace on the epidemic. The concert was also to give hope to the people.
Achievement and Awards
Shatta Wale has several achievements, both Ghana and internationally. He has been nominated in several awards and won a number of them. Some of which are:
- Uganda Music Excellence Awards 2019 – Best African Music Video
- 3Music Awards 2019 – Reggae Dancehall Music of the Year 2019
- Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2019 – Reggae Dancehall Music of the Year 2019
- Ghana Music Awards UK 2019 – Popular song of the Year.
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