Charles Nii Mensah, commonly known as Shatta Wale, is a singer and songwriter. Away from music, he is the founder and CEO of Shatta Movement, an entertainment powerhouse in Ghana. Shatta Wale biography is full of reinventions. His most significant rebranding is changing his name from Bandana to his current stage name.
Shatta Wale has one of the most impressive music catalogues in the African dancehall scene. From his first single Moko Hoo to his latest feature on Beyoncé’s album, Shatta Wale is irrefutably talented. Thanks to his consistency and a better understanding of the Ghanaian music scene, he is one of the wealthiest artists in West Africa.
Shatta Wale biography summary
- Name: Charles Nii Mensah
- Stage name: Shatta Wale
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter and actor
- Date of Birth: 17 October 1985
- Nationality: Ghanaian
Early life and education
Shatta was born on 17 October 1985 to Ghanaian parents. While his father is a businessperson (and respected lawyer), his early life was simple. However, in multiple interviews, he has disclosed that he travelled a lot as a child, especially to Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
Which school did Shatta Wale attend? The artist went to Seven Great Princes Academy and later Aguafo Secondary School for his senior high school. It was during his high school days that he discovered he could make music and sing as well.
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Family and relationships
While Shatta Wale is from a political and business family, he prefers keeping his close relatives away from music. He often blushes off personal questions in his interviews, both in Ghana and overseas.
Who is Shatta Wale’s father? Charles Nii Armah Mensah Snr is the musician’s father. He is a politician, businessperson and lawyer. The artist, in previous interviews, has confessed that he loved music because of his father.
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Snr is a fan of Jamaican music. Since Shatta Wale grew up listening to dancehall and reggae, he has successfully mastered the art of making good music in that genre.
When it comes to relationships, Shatta Wale wife was Michelle Diamond up until their breakup in 2019. Since then, Shatta Wale has not talked about what happened between him and Michelle. On the other hand, Michelle has spoken about her relationship with the musician, stating that she did not love Shatta Wale for money or fame.
From his relationship with Michelle Diamond, the musician has a son. However, he has avoided talking about his son.
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Shatta Wale is a multi-talented artist. He is consistent too. In the last two decades, Shatta has released more projects than any other artist in the contemporary Ghanaian music scene. Throughout his career that spans over two decades, he has accomplished several milestones.
1. Five studio albums
Before 2015, the dancehall artist did not have a studio album. However, since then, Shatta Wale has released five major projects. They include:
- Foundation released in 2015 under SM 4 Lyf Records
- Rasta Flex released in 2015 under SM 4 Lyf Records
- After The Storm released in 2016 under the Shatta Movement Empire
- Reign released in 2018 under Zylofon Music
- Wonder Boy released in 2019 under Shatta Movement Empire
He has also compiled three mixtapes between his studio album releases. While Shatta Wale mixtapes have been shorter than studio albums, he has featured more upcoming and bigger artists. For example, in his Magical Year Mixtape, he featured more artists and producers than other projects.
2. Collaboration projects
While solo projects are important to an artist, joint projects allow them to explore and gain fans from other genres. The last three years have been Shatta Wale’s prime years, especially considering his work with other music creators.
His two major features include:
- Already featuring Beyoncé: Already, unlike other Shatta Wale songs, sounds different. Also, it was an important song in Shatta Wale’s career, because it gave him a global exposure, thanks to Beyoncé’s statue in music.
- Hosanna featuring Burna Boy: While it is common for Ghanaian artists to work with Nigerian acts, Hosanna featuring Burna Boy was one of his biggest songs. The song is also one of the most-watched Shatta Wale songs on YouTube.
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Nominations and awards
How many awards has Shatta Wale won in his life? Shatta Wale is a recipient of tens of awards. While the artist has claimed to have won more than 150 awards, the true figure is about 70. Here are some of his major awards over the past seven years.
- Ghana Music Awards for Artiste of the Year and Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (2014)
- Ghana Music Awards UK for Most Popular Song and Reggae / Dancehall Artiste of the Year (2016)
- African Entertainment Awards (US) for Best Dancehall Act (2018)
- Ghana Music Awards UK for Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Popular Song of the Year (2019)
- Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year and Highlife Song of the Year (2019)
One of the most asked questions is; between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, who has more awards? Well, Shatta Wale has won over 70 major awards while Stonebwoy has taken home about 23 major awards.
Net worth and revenue streams
Shatta Wale net worth is $6.2 million. His worth is mainly from his properties and business interests he has on the entertainment industry — through Shatta Movement.
Although Shatta Wale has multiple houses, not much is known about them. In a recent post on his birthday, he revealed that he gifted himself a new house. However, details such as its location and cost remain unknown.
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When it comes to cars, the musician owns several luxury models. Recently, he shared a post on his Instagram page, showing his new 2020 BMW 7, which is worth $157,778 (equivalent to GHC 913,695). He also owns the latest Dodge Charger model, worth $29,895 (equivalent to GHC 173,124) according to US News.
Compared to other artists, the Shatta Movement CEO is arguably the richest artist in Ghana. For example, Stonebwoy net worth (which is approximately $5.5 million) is relatively lower than Shatta Wale’s worth.
Shatta Wale has multiple revenue streams. Like other major artists in Ghana, his primary sources are performances and streaming revenues. Also, he earns from Shatta Movement as the CEO and founder. Additionally, he gets a significant percentage from corporate endorsements.
Shatta Wale’s corporate endorsements
While Shatta Wale has been a popular figure in the music scene for many years, he got his first endorsement in 2014. The Guinness Ghana Breweries deal was his first major endorsement. Although the details about his payment (from the deal) are unknown, being a brand ambassador opened more doors for him.
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In 2017, Shatta Wale was approached by Kasapreko Company to be their energy drink ambassador. Being the face of Storm Energy Drink increased his 2017 income. Like the previous endorsement deal, details of the amount of money the Ghanaian music star earned from it are unknown.
Apart from the two major endorsements, Shatta Wale has worked with other brands such as Infinix Ghana and Boss Baker Beef Roll. As a brand ambassador, he has not only expanded his revenue streams but also established himself as a business mogul.
Shatta Wale biography depicts him as an artist that is not afraid to take risks and rebrand. While his music is still as authentic as it was — when he was Bandana — his new identity has secured him a spot in the global dancehall music scene. Also, his love for high-end cars and expensive life has made him one of the most talked-about artists in Africa.
As the Ghanaian music industry grows, YEN.com.gh has created a list of the richest musicians in Ghana. The wealth of the top artistes is astonishing considering that music isn’t regarded as a career by many in the country.
Musicians in Ghana make their money through multiple methods including selling music, performing at concerts, and participating in endorsement deals. The entertainers on this list do a combination of both and that’s why they have become successful.