Government Name: Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr
Date of Birth: October 17, 1984
Shatta Wale (formerly Bandana) is a Ghanaian Reggae-Dancehall artist born in Accra, Ghana at the Police Hospital and a son of a couple from Accra and the Volta Region of Ghana. His father, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr. is a politician, Businessman and a legal practitioner. Shatta Wale attended Seven Great Princes Academy at his basic school level before furthering his senior high school education at the Winneba Secondary school in the Central region of Ghana
Shatta Wale (then Bandana) broke through mainstream Ghanaian music in 2004 when his Hit single “Moko Hoo” featuring Tinny earned him a nomination at the Ghana Music Awards. After his breakthrough season, nothing was heard from Bandana as he disappeared from the music scene. He went missing from mainstream for almost a decade only to resurrect with a new name and identity – Shatta Wale.
Wale released songs like “Havana” “Shatta City” “Enter The Net” “Every Body Likes My Tin” “Dancehall King” which became his biggest hit after his comeback. Wale, successfully toured Canada and United States in the year 2014
Wale became topic for discussion after he composed a song against the organizers of the Ghana Music Awards titled “Me Need No Awards,” alleging that the organizers cheated him off the 2013 Dancehall Artiste of The Year. The mainstream media, bloggers and other pundits claim this led to his breakthrough and relevance in the Ghanaian music industry.
In 2014, he was named Artist of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards – an event he refused to attend following an impasse with organizers.
By 2015, without a doubt, he had cemented his place on the global music space as the King of African Dancehall with a solid repertoire of hit songs that were receiving international awards and nominations. Some are: IRAWMA, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, MOBO etc. He toured Europe in 2015, and also shared the same stage with P-Square, Flavor and others at the Wembley Arena in London.
In a heated political atmosphere, Wale became one of the most powerful men in Ghana as two biggest political parties, National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party used his hit songs; “Mahama Paper” and “Kakai” to run their campaign in the 2016 general election.
Wale stayed atop locally on all charts and having “Hol’It” topping BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Afroboss Top 5 songs chart. He had a hugely successful After the Storm album launch which witnessed over fifty five thousand fans thronging the Black Star Square in Accra. Shatta Wale performed at Indigo, at The O2 in London on August 26. Fuse ODG joined him on stage to perform their song “Laugh Out Loud.”
He kicked off his long awaited After the Storm United States tour in New York and in Massachusetts where he was honored by the Mayor of Worcester, with a Key to the City.
On November 1, 2017, Shatta Wale received a giant gold coin from the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at The Flagstaff House as a gift on his 33rd birthday celebration. The president also expressed his love for Shatta Wale’s hit song “Kakai“, which played a major role in his campaign for president in the 2016 general election
Shatta Wale signed a two-year recording and management deal with multi-million dollar record label Zylofon Music on January 30, 2018 receiving a mansion as part of the deal.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018. Chicago’s Biggest Music Night at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA) In conjunction with the 36th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) presented Shatta Wale with honoree award for his outstanding contribution to Reggae in the Motherland and at the global level