From Afrobeats stars to the late king of coupé-décalé, Reggae & Dance-hall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, popularly known as, Shatta Wale, has, according to Billboard “Local Heroes”, topped the five most-watched homegrown artiste in Ghana chart based on a year of local YouTube views with an overwhelming 13.26M streams.
Shatta Wale’s 2019 album is called Wonder Boy, and the singer-songwriter and actor seems determined to live up to that name. The country’s two biggest political parties have used his songs in campaigns; his 2018 album, Reign, hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Top World Albums chart; and in April, he organized the online Faith Concert to cheer up fellow Ghanaians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was ranked ahead of BET award winning rapper and singer – Sarkodie, Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa – Stonebwoy, award-winning Gospel Star – Diana Hamilton, and Rapper cum Singer – Kofi Kinaata who accumulated 11.72M, 7.86M, 6.42M and 4.63M YouTube views respectively.
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Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at the time, he achieved popularity with his 2004 single, “Moko Hoo”, which features Tinny. Then known in the industry as Bandana, the song earned Him a Ghana Music Awards nomination. There afterward, Bandana went missing in the music circus for nearly a decade until rebranding Himself in 2013. He began releasing music under a new name, Shatta Wale, under His record label (SM Records).
In 2014, he peaked at number 38 on E.tv’s “Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian” Awards chart. He has since appeared on the chart each year. He was ranked “Most Influential Musician” on social media in 2017. He won 8 awards at the 3 music awards in 2019 and also the most awarded dancehall artist in Africa.