Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., (born October 17, 1984) is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana. His best-known song is “Dancehall King”, which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. Wale is also an actor, having appeared in the films Never Say Never, The trial of Shatta Wale and Shattered Lives. He is currently the most Awarded Dancehall artist in Africa and one of the most awarded dancehall artist in the world.
Shatta Wale Wikipedia
|Real name||Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr|
|Date of birth||17 October 1984|
|Net worth||$8 million|
|Record label||Shatta Movement Records; Zylofon Music|
|Parents||Mama Elsie, Charles Mensah|
Shatta Wale Biography
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. was born in Accra, Ghana at the Police Hospital on 17 October 1984. The son of a couple from Accra and the Volta Region of Ghana, his father is Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr, a politician, businessman and legal practitioner.
Shatta Wale is 36 years old. He was born October 17, 1984.
Shatta Wale Education
Shatta Wale attended Seven Great Princes Academy at Dansoman, a suburb in Accra, where he demonstrated an affinity for arts and acted in a popular drama series, By the Fireside, at the National Theatre of Ghana.
Shatta Wale Career
His musical career began 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 Ghana.
With a rebranded name from Bandana to Shatta Wale, he started a new career that largely bothers on dancehall in a Jamaican style of production in Nima, a small community in Accra, Ghana, a place that harbors a lot of Muslim youth and ghettos. It was there he amassed a fanbase, who were influenced by him and felt empowered by his songs. Wale released songs almost every day on his social media handles free to download and would performed them in small communities in Accra mostly in Nima. He started gaining slow attention again with songs like “Telephone No” “Anastasia” “My Eyes Pon Di Money” and others. This approach revived dancehall in Ghana, a genre that had been left abandoned. The likes of Root Eye, General Marcus, Yoggy Doggy and others years ago had started but could not breakthrough. Shatta Wale gives credit to the likes of Terry Bonchaka and Yoggy Doggy for nurturing him when he began his dancehall journey. “It was under their tutelage that they told me I was going to blow up and that my style is so unique.” Stated in an interview on PeaceFm. He explained in an interview with King Lagazee why he had been less active and what the reason for his decreased popularity was.
Largely producing and mastering majority of his songs such as “Havana”, “Shatta City”, “Enter the Net”, “Everybody Likes My Tin”, and “Dance hall King”, the latter of which became his biggest hit after his comeback. The tracks were well received in Ghana and globally, with critics talking about the influence of Jamaican dance hall as many Ghanaian were only used to the type of dance hall called Hip-life with a touch of ragga. Wale then successfully toured Canada and United States in 2014.
The Guardian qualified “Wine Ya Waist” featuring Nigerian Music star Davido among its five must listened new tracks from around the world. By 2015, without a doubt, he has cemented his place on the global music space as a force to reckon with in dance hall music with a solid repertoire of hit songs that were receiving international awards and nominations which some includes; International Reggae & World Music Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, MOBO and lot more.
He toured Europe in 2015, and also shared the same stage with P-Square, Flavor and others at the Wembley Arena in London.
2016, Shatta Wale became one of the most sought out artists in Ghana. His songs were used in political campaigns. That year two parties used two of his songs as their party campaign songs. Political parties like 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. Songs that were released from his Album After The Storm, were hits in Ghana. 2017 he traveled to the United States to promote After The Storm Album then went to Jamaica to shoot some music videos. In 2018 he signed to Zylofon Music in January 2018 and he released his third studio album which he titled REIGN. This album appeared on the Billboard Top World Albums Chart, placing sixth.
Shatta Wale Wife/Son
When it comes to relationships, Shatta Wale wife was Michelle Diamond up until their breakup in 2019. Since then, Shatta Wale has not talked about what happened between him and Michelle. On the other hand, Michelle has spoken about her relationship with the musician, stating that she did not love Shatta Wale for money or fame.
From his relationship with Michelle Diamond, the musician has a son. However, he has avoided talking about his son.
Shatta Wale Father
Shatta Wale father name is Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr, a politician, businessman and legal practitioner.
Shatta Wale Albums
Shatta Wale has come up with many Albums and a lot of hit singles.
- After the Storm (2016)
- Cloud 9 (2017, hip hop mixtape)
- Reign (2018)
Shatta Wale Songs
- Like you
- Dance hall king
- True Believer
- Don’t baby my baby
- Give DEm Something
- Thunder Fire
Shatta Wale Houses And Cars
Shatta Wale is a successful Ghanaian Musician, just like every other celebrity across the world, has quite an exquisite and expensive taste when it comes to selecting and purchasing assets, his most expensive being a private jet he recently acquired. Shatta Wale has 4 cars that worth millions and 2 houses, the most recent costing $1 million. It’s a mansion in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Charles owns a customized brand of a white color car, with plate number SHATTA 1 15.
Shatta Wale Awards / Nominations
In 2014, Shatta Wale was nominated for the Maiden GN Bank Awards as the People’s Choice Male Musician of the year. He was also named the 38th Most Influential Ghanaian by E-TV Ghana in 2015 in their annual survey of influential people in Ghana. He is currently the most Awarded Dancehall artist in Africa and one of the most awarded dancehall artist in the world.
- Ghana Music Awards for Artiste of the Year and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (2014)
- Ghana Music Awards UK for Most Popular Song and Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year (2016)
- African Entertainment Awards (US) for Best Dancehall Act (2018)
- Ghana Music Awards UK for Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Popular Song of the Year (2019)
- Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year and Highlife Song of the Year (2019)
One of the most asked questions is; between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, who has more awards? Well, Shatta Wale has won over 70 major awards while Stonebwoy has taken home about 23 major awards.
Shatta Wale Net Worth
Shatta Wale is currently one of the richest and the most influential artistes in Ghana, with an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2021.