Charles Nii Armah Mensah better known by his stage name Shatta Wale is a Ghanaian producer and reggae-dancehall musician. Formally known as Bandana, he was born in Accra on 17th October 1984 to Charles Nii Armah Mensah Snr a politician, legal practitioner, businessman, and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah.
He attended Seven Great Princes Academy, one of the rich schools at Dansoman, a suburb in Accra. Shatta Wale is originally from Korle Gonno but lived with his family at Laterbiokorshie, Dansoman. He later moved to Korle Gonno during his earlier years in music.
He was introduced to Reggae at a very early stage by the father by playing songs from well known Jamaican Reggae musicians like Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and more and constantly traveling with him to the UK to meet up with their relatives who were half Jamaicans.
Shattawale’s intense passion to do music got him expelled from Winneba Secondary School but his father who is a Lawyer and a strong disciplinarian forced him to complete his high school education at Anfoega in the Volta Region.
Shatta Wale has lived in almost all the ghettos in Accra just to survive.
With a re-branded name from Bandana to Shatta Wale and largely producing, mixing and mastering almost all his songs, he started a new career which largely bothers on dancehall in a Jamaican style of production, during his days in Nima, a suburb of Accra, It was there his fan base, Shatta Movement all started.
Shattawale started gaining slow attention again with songs like “Telephone No” “Anastasia” “My Eyes Pon Di Money” and others by sharing them on his social media handles free to download and would perform them in small communities in Accra mostly in Nima.
This approach revived dance hall 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 dance hall journey.
Songs like 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 industry critics talking about the influence of Jamaican dancehall as many Ghanaian were only used to Hip-life and Hip-Pop to some extend.
He successfully toured Canada and United States in 2014 and toured Europe in 2015, also shared the same stage at Wembley Arena in London with P-Square and others.
Shatta Wale became one of the most powerful musicians in Ghana as the 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 respectively.
His After The Storm Album released in 2016 with hit songs like Mahama paper, Hol It, Kakai was very successful with over 70,000 fans gracing the launch fo the Album at the Black Star Square at Accra.
He signed with Zylofon Music in January 2018. He released his third album, Reign, on 13 October at the Fantasy Dome. Reign achieved a record for him by appearing on the Billboard Top World Albums Chart, placing sixth.
In 2019, Shatta wale was featured on Beyonce’s track “Already” on “The Lion King: Th Gift” Album which has other big African acts like Wizkid, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, etc.
In 2014, Shatta Wale became a brand ambassador for Guinness Ghana Breweries and the brand ambassador for Rush Energy Drink.
In September 2017, Kasapreko Company, producers of several alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Ghana unveiled Shatta Wale as their newest brand ambassador for Storm Energy Drink.
On 17 November 2017, Shatta Wale signed a deal with Boss Baker Beef Roll as the brand ambassador. Infinix Ghana, a smartphone company, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, announced Shata Wale as its Brand Ambassador.
Shatta Wale has presented an honoree award for his outstanding contribution to reggae/dancehall in Ghana and globally at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards, in conjunction with the 36th International Reggae & World Music Awards-(IRAWMA)
On July 8, 2017, Joseph Petty, Mayor of Worcester, presented Shatta Wale with the Key to the City, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Shatta Wale is the most decorated Reggae/Dancehall Artiste from Africa, with over 70 awards to his credit.
He has starred in movies like Never Say Never, shattered Lives. He is one of the richest artistes in Ghana.
Shatta wale has three beautiful children (two boys and a girl) but not married.