Shatta Wale divides opinions. His sharp tongue and bold comments often disparages some, drawing a wedge between him and a cross-section of people, mostly fellow musicians.
This ‘hubris’ aside, it’s always a lively moment hearing him speak during interviews.
In a recent interview with radio personality Abeiku Santana on ‘Atuu’ shown on UTV, the award winning dancehall artist spoke on a variety of subjects including his family, his beef with fellow dancehall artists -Samini and Stonebwoy- and why he is the ‘saviour’ of the music industry.
Touching on his beef with Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale explained he has nothing against the ‘Nkulenu’ hitmaker except that, he should have acknowledged him as the rightful winner of the ‘BET Award for Best African Act’ in 2015. ‘He (Stonebwoy) knew deeply in his heart the award was mine’, he told Abeiku Santana. He added that, he’s the biggest music act in the country and that the BET selection team in Ghana got it wrong.
On the subject of Samini, he expressed his profound respect for him. His beef was strictly for business reasons since they both could have used the moment to release a joint record for the fans. He accused Samini of not realizing that but rather choosing to attack him during interviews. ‘Samini didn’t see the business side of the whole beef at that moment’. He however confirmed they are exploring options of releasing a project together.
The ‘Forget Dem’ hitmaker surfaced on the dancehall scene in 2013 and has since grown into arguably the biggest artist in Ghana with a chain of hit records.
How many kids does Shatta Wale have?
Shatta Wale revealed he has three kids with different women, adding his son, Majesty, is know because he is still with his mother, Shatta Michy. ‘I have a daughter and a son who lives in London’. He described Shatta Michy as one who ‘understands the hassle’ and help him with his finances.
He advised his fellow colleagues to be business savvy and not fall into the pit of poverty like some old musicians who ended up as paupers after their careers.
The self declared ‘saviour’ of the industry added his mission is to help shape the music industry for the benefit of others and help artists realize their importance.
You may not like Shatta Wale but can’t also dismiss some of his views especially on the need for artists to take their destiny into their own hands.
Watch the interview below: