Charles Nii Armah Mensah Junior known in showbiz as Shatta Wale was born October 17, 1984 and is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He rose to fame in 2004 with his hit single “Moko Hoo” and went off for a while. He came back rebranded with a different name from Bandana to Shatta Wale and released his 2014 smash hit “Dancehall king” which became a hit and won him several awards such as the Artiste of the year for that year (2014).
Shatta Wale has also switched to the acting side a few times having appeared in films such as Never Say Never,The trial of Shatta Wale and Shattered Lives.
Having achieved massive street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at a time when the Ghanaian population was struggling to adapt to Dancehall Music, he achieved popularity with his 2004 single, “Moko Hoo”, which featured Tinny. Then known in the industry as Bandana, the song earned him a Ghana Music Awards nomination. There afterwards, Bandana went missing in the music circle for nearly a decade until he rebranding himself and made a massive appearance in 2013. He began releasing music under a new name, Shatta Wale, under his own record label (SM For Lyf Records).
In 2014, he peaked number 38 on E.tv’s “Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaians” Awards chart. He has since appeared on the chart every year. He was ranked the “Most Influential Musician” on social media in 2017. he also won 8 awards at the 3music awards in 2019
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. was born in Accra, Ghana at the Police Hospital on October 17, 1984. He was born to a mix lineage of Parentage ( A voltarian Mother and a Ga father) his father is Mr Charles Nii Armah Mensah Sr, a politician, businessman and a legal practitioner. 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 Akan drama series, By the Fireside, at the National Theatre of Ghana. Growing up, he lived with his family in Laterbiokorshie, Dansoman and then moved later to Korle Gonno during his formative years.His mother is Elsie Evelyn Avemegah.
As a child, his father introduced him to the Jamaican culture by playing Reggae records at home and also continuously traveling with him to the UK to meet with relatives who were half Jamaicans. These exposures made him develop love for music at a tender age. His intense passion to do music made him lose interest in schooling but his father convinced him to complete his high school education later in the Volta Region of Ghana which had initially kicked off at Winneba Secondary School in the Central Region of Ghana. Even in school and right after school he pursued his musical dream but his father did not agree and wanted him to become a lawyer, this led to a misunderstanding between the two eventually tearing down their beautiful relationship.
Shatta Wale lived in almost all the ghettos (Nima) in Accra just to survive: “There were many times I slept without food. I have been through all the hustle in life, I mean hell. I have lived with the people and became one of their own. No wonder my music easily resonate with the people. I am thankful to God for making me see the day light.” Stated in an interview.
Shatta Wale later went to Jamaica to polish and master his dancehall craft. “Every boy in Ghana doing dancehall came for tutelage from me before mastering the dancehall genre. So no wonder my fans call me King because they know the history of modern dancehall in Ghana” Shatta Wale stated in an interview.
Shatta Wale has rose to fame through hard-work, commitment and dedication and continues to be the most versatile musician in Ghana. He is currently the most decorated and awarded Ghanaian musician having won almost every award he has been nominated for.