Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., better known by his stage name Shatta Wale, a Ghanaian singer, has used his social media page to promote the Nigerian music industry while disparaging the music scene in his own country as “class 2 children.”
The Ghanaian reggae-dancehall performer claims that Nigerians should establish universities in other African nations so that their music can be studied.
Formerly known as Bandana, Shatta Wale compared Nigerian music to late pop icon Michael Jackson. Shatta claimed that after listening to artists from Nigeria such Asake, Olamide, and Fireboy, the only conclusion he could draw was that the music should be studied as part of what he called “Cultural Studies.”
The controversial music star has always had a thing for his colleagues in the Nigerian entertainment scene as he was at some point entangled in a heated beef with the Nigerian music industry and fans at large
The 38-year-old, who is known for his collaboration with Beyoncé on her Lion King album, was in December of last year caught throwing sheds at Nigerian artistes after selling out the stadium for his concert.
At his concert in Ghana’s largest stadium, Shatta Wale revealed that he was informed he couldn’t fill the venue.
Shatta Wale boasted that the stadium was full and that he did not require Nigerian performers to sell out events.
In another instance, the “On God” crooner said Nigerian artists were not appreciative of the support shown them by Ghanaians, tweeting: “Learn to say thank you, Ghana has always been your gateway.”
Accusing Nigerian artists of “failing to promote Ghanaian artists”, Shatta Wale said, “As for Nigerians they think they can always say what they want to say Fuck your talks ya’ll who think I spoke the truth this, I don’t even remember you guys promoting Ghanaian artiste in your country, until u guys will realize your artiste blow in Ghana to say thank you ..F.”.
The artist went further to threaten to put a stop to the support that Nigerian artists get from Ghanaians, saying, “Bring it on and your artiste won’t get that hype they get from Ghana ..
I can make that stop ..Don’t dare me. It’s the truth ,your artiste come here for numbers before the world can recognize them .. Appreciate Ghana supporting your artiste and stop this foolishness.”
In an interview with Daybreak Hitz, Shatta Wale explained why he has been at odds with well-known Nigerian recording artists.
In his speech during the session, Shatta Wale defended his frequent verbal altercations with other singers, particularly those from Nigeria.
He argues that by engaging in combat with these well-known musicians, he is enabling up-and-coming musicians from Ghana to gain access to the Nigerian market.
He emphasized that he wouldn’t mind getting dirty if the result changed the direction of the country’s music industry.
However, in a recent video that went viral online, the Ghanaian singer can be seen downplaying his country’s music scene and how Nigerian tunes may be studied in African institutions while praising Nigerian performers.