Dancehall artiste Charles Nii Armah, known in showbiz as Shatta Wale has controversially claimed that slapping his body guard was part of a stage craft.
The self-acclaimed ‘dancehall king’ became the object of scrutiny after assaulting his body guard on stage during last Friday’s ‘S Concert’.
While he was performing, one of his fans opted to step on the stage to celebrate with him, however, the fan was stopped by his body guard.
Intriguingly, Shatta Wale slapped his body guard for preventing the fan – a move that sent shock waves down the spines of Ghanaians.
In an earlier interview with Peace FM, Shatta Wale claimed that he had sorted everything out with his body guard, but has now changed his tune, saying the whole episode was a stage craft.
Shatta Wale told Zylofon Media: “That was a fan enjoying himself. That is Shatta Movement. It’s serious than the way you people are seeing it.
‘This is the hardest stagecraft ever that Ghanaians have ever seen. I was trying to get magicians; I couldn’t get them. I didn’t slap him to create news. It was a stage act. Period! Nobody should even think of understanding it. People don’t want to understand me and I want to be misunderstood. I don’t want people to understand my acts anymore because nobody is supporting what I’m doing.
“You like news; I won’t give you positive news anymore. From now, I’m going to give you negative news but that negative news won’t get me into trouble.”
Charles Nii Armah Mensa Jnr, known on stage as Shatta Wale, is one of Ghana's most popular Dance Hall artists.
The 33-year-old musician shot up to fame in 2004 with his hit single "Bandana from Ghana" which made tremendous hits on the Ghanaian airwaves.
Charles changed his stage name from "Bandana" to "Shatta Wale" after years of inactivity as a musician. His come-back to the music industry saw him release a track "Dancehall King" in 2013, which caught the attention of thousands of music fans.
Shatta's first big break was in 2013 when he sparked some controversy against organizers of the Ghana Music Awards.
According to Shatta, organizers of the 2013 Vodafone Music Awards (VGMA) denied him an award by giving the Dancehall Artiste title to Kaakie.
It is to this end that Shatta came up with his new hit song in 2013 called "Dancehall King".
Fast-tracking to recent times, Shatta Wale got his reputation as King of Dancehall music secured after the president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo named him "King of Dancehall music" in a birthday message.
The Dancehall guru’s influence with his large fan base makes him one of Ghana’s highly favored celebrities.
In 2017, Shatta Wale won several international awards including the African Entertainment Awards (USA) where he picked the Best Dancehall Artiste award.
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