Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. Is a Ghanaian Reggae-Dancehall artist. His stage name is Shatta Wale. He was born on October 17, 1984. He was formerly called Bandana. His best know song is entitled ‘Dancehall King’. A song that claims that he is the real and best dancehall artist in Ghana. Some of his popular songs are: My Level, Gringo, Nobody goes talk, Bulletproof, Ayoo, Taking over, among many others.
The dancehall King appears to be the favourite of most Ghanaian youngsters. According to some sources, his followers are almost a quarter of Ghana’s population. His huge following has made him one of the most influential artists in Ghana. While others may choose to call him ‘Local Champion’, he has gained some international recognition. Fair enough he has won some awards which are not Ghanaian or African centred.
He has also done some great collaborations with international arts. A typical example is a song he was featured on by Beyoncé entitled ‘Already’. Shatta Wale is seen as an artist who is focused on giving out the best to his fans. Mr Nii Armah has set a standard for himself in the music industry in Ghana. While others may say he is controversial, many see him as a man of justice. He fights for what is rightfully his and never complains if he never deserved it. Though he has many awards he is not in a rush to get more. All he does a day in day out is to deliver the best form of entertainment to the world.
His fans, knowing him well claims that he will never fade out of the system even if he stops the music. He has left footprints on the hearts of Africans and he can never be forgotten. Even when he is no more he will forever remain the greatest dancehall King in Africa. Many will not only remember him with his music but the great charity works have been doing.
What gives us enormous hope that he will never fade out is that his brand has been introduced in the New Ghanaian Educational Curriculum. Pupils now have the chance to study his personality and songs in Creative Arts. It is never a dull moment in schools anytime that topic is treated. Hopes are high that not only his history shall be thought of but other great Ghanaian musicians too.