Ghana’s Dancehall King, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Junior, popularly known in showbiz circles as Shatta Wale has achieved greater feat in his music career than most of his fellow artists.
Shatta Wale who started his music life in the early 2000’s was called Banada, the most sought for artist in Ghana by international artists and brands changed his stage name to Shatta Wale.
It has not been easy for him where he started off during his high school days at the Winneba Secondary School where he learned to play keyboard and received routine vocal training at the school’s music class department, then known as Doggy.
After secondary school, he took time to work on his music. Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at the time, he soon gain recognition with his hit single, “Moko Hoo”, which featured fellow Ghanaian musician Tinny in 2004 using Bandana as his stage name.
The song earned him a nomination at the Ghana Music Awards that year. Bandana followed with the hit songs “No Problem” and “Obaa Yaa”. At this point, he was receiving heavy rotation on radio and was backed by a fan base that shot him into the mainstream Ghanaian music scene. Despite his prominence, Bandana went missing in the music circus in 2004 and resurfaced in 2013 with the Shatta Movement brand.
Shatta Wale has received has revealed a lot of backlash from a wide section of Ghanaians most especially his fellow artists who tagged him as Local Champion.
Despite the setbacks the talented musician has made it big in the music scene and has recently featured American singer, Beyoncé on the Black Is King Album which has got many Ghanaians jamming to the song.