Dancehall King Shatta Wale has finally been unveiled as an artiste of Zylofon Media.
At the brief ceremony held at the plush East Legon office, very little details were disclosed concerning the contract.
Except the disclosure by Zylofon's Communications Manager, Sammy Baah 'Flex', that the duration of the deal was three years, both parties remained tight-lipped about their agreement.
The unveiling ceremony could not confirm whether reports of a $1.5 million signing fee, a house and a car, were true or not.
Usually, such official unveiling ceremonies are meant to give official positions and put rumours to bed but Wednesday's event has brought more questions than answers.
YEN.com.gh has put together answers to four of the critical issues that have arisen since the news of the deal broke:
1. Shatta Wale's relationship with Bulldog
Shatta Wale is known to have been in a well publicised spat with his former manager, Bulldog.
After years of working together, the two fell out and would not see eye to eye leading them to part ways a few years ago.
What followed were attacks and counter attacks from both camps and up until recently, the two were not on talking terms.
Considering that Bulldog is now an employee of Zylofon who in charge of artiste management, there have been questions about how they were going to relate from nown onwards.
But YEN.com.gh understands, the two are willing to work together without problems.
Shatta after his unveiling, told Zylofon in an interview which was monitored by YEN.com.gh that he was happy that he was going to work with Bulldog again.
According to him, Bulldog took half of his map (plan) away when he left and they would be better working together.
Bulldog is yet to respond but if the recent picture the two took is anything to go by, then he is expected to work with Shatta or at least obey his boss to earn his pay.
2. Rivalry between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy
There is no dispute about the fact that Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy have been the topmost Dancehall artistes over the last few years with some distance between them and other artistes.
Their dominance in the Dancehall arena has given birth, whether knowningly or unknowingly, to a rivalry between the two and their respective fan groups, the Shatta Movement (SM) and Bhim Nation.
While Shatta may deemed to be very much in control of the local Dancehall scene, Stonebwoy has more international recognition, which is often used by his fans to mock Shatta as a local champion.
Having both artistes under the same record label therefore raises questions about how the two will be managed going forrward.
In his brief remark during the unveiling, Zylofon boss Nana Appiah Mensah, acknowledged the competition between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy.
He however, pointed out that the focus was to take the competition to Africa and the world, and not to compete locally.
Shatta Wale himself, who described Stonebwoy as his brother, hinted of a very close relationship between them now, which sees them talk to each other on a regular basis these days.
This is probably an indication that they might combine their might to take Africa and the world by storm, and rival each other locally.
3. Managing Shatta Wale's behaviour
It is no secret that Shatta Wale is controversial and even rowdy at times. From picking fights on social media to 'beefing' with other artistes and even recording himself firing a gun, Shatta has been from one controversy to the other.
He expresses his feelings on social media where he has a very staunch following without much recourse to the repercussions. He has released over 100 hundred songs every year in the last two years.
These are all behaviours he could put up because of the freedom he enjoyed for virtually being in charge of his own affairs, as well as create his non-conformist persona which has endeared him to his fans.
Shatta's behaviour would not be tolerated by any serious label and it has led many to wonder how Zylofon is going to manage him.
But it looks like, Shatta Wale has accepted to tone down as part of his obligations for the deal.
When asked by Zylofon TV's Arnold Mensah whether he was going to stop being controversial, Shatta hinted he was going to be more responsible in his uterrances.
"I'm going to be more controversial but responsibly," the Dancehall stalwart said amid some laughter.
His baby mama, Shatta Michy also promised a more tame Shatta Wale going forward.
4. Future of Shatta Movement (SM) Militants
Shatta Wale's releases in the last year, has helped launch music careers for three of his staunch SM followers, Captan, Addi Self and Joint 77.
The three, known collectively as the SM Militants, became stars overnight after being featured Shatta Wale's hit tracks, 'We Taking Over' and 'Forgetti.'
Though the three have all tried to release solo projects, none of them have made any significant impact and have been riding on their association with Shatta.
The new move by Shatta Wale has thus brought a question about the future of the SM Militants as his deal does not include them.
But Shatta Wale has indicated that he was leaving alone but will carry them along just like a daddy carries hsi kids.
"They can even be my 'dondo,'" he jokingly said in his interview.
The trio also seems willing to follow their 'King/Daddy', as they prefer to call him.
"If our daddy make am, then we too make am," YEN.com.gh heard Captan as saying on Zylofon TV.
So there you have it, Shatta Wale is willing to work with Bulldog, become friends with Stonebwoy, stop being controversial while still carrying his 'kids' (SM Militants) along as he takes a new step in his career.
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