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“I Won’t Return The VGMA’s Plaques. – Shatta Wale

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Arguably the most-discussed artiste of the year so far, Shatta Wale has caved in on some interesting developments in a phone call interview.

It was concerning the recent fracas that went down at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, his upcoming Wonderboy album launch & Reign concert, the ‘Already’ collaboration with Beyonce, among other pertinent issues.

In an interview with DJ Advicer on Happy FM’s Happy Chatroom, the Dancehall king disclosed that his impending Wonderboy album launch would not have any songs on the album available on pen drives or CDs.

HE STATED, “RIGHT NOW, WE ARE TEACHING THE FANS HOW TO MARKET THE ALBUM. THIS TIME THE SONGS WILL STRICTLY BE ON ITUNES. THE ALBUM WILL ALSO BE OUT FEW DAYS BEFORE THE LAUNCH. I’VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON THIS ALBUM. THE ALBUM WON’T BE ON PEN DRIVE OR COMPACT DISK. IT WILL BE STRICTLY ONLINE.

Boring down deeper on his impending Wonderboy album launch, the ‘Melissa’ crooner made it known that he did not feature any artiste on this album, hence the Stefflon Don song is probably a seperate single.

HE FURTHER NARRATED, “MY LIFE HAS BEEN A JOURNEY. WONDERBOY IS TO EDUCATE, MOTIVATE THE PEOPLE THAT NO ONE CAN SHINE THE CORNER WHERE THEY ARE EXCEPT THEM. I JUST DIDN’T GET MY FANS ON A SILVER PLATTER. I WORKED HARD FOR THEM. I DIDN’T FEATURE ANYONE ON THIS ALBUM. I HAVE 3 ALREADY RELEASED TRACKS LIKE “MELISSA, AY3 HALF CAST AND BE AFRAID” ON MY ALBUM. THERE’S NO SHATTA WALE FT BEYONCÉ ON MY ALBUM. HOWEVER, I CAN HAVE A PROJECT WITH HER ASIDE THE ALBUM. EVERY GHANAIAN ARTISTE IS INVITED TO MY ALBUM LAUNCH. I WILL GIVE OPPORTUNITY TO 15 UP AND COMING ARTISTES TO EXHIBIT THEIR TALENT. REIGN CONCERT WILL BE THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOR SHATTA MOVEMENT EMPIRE.

For the first time after the Infinix news broke out, he was forthcoming with a few details of the deal and called it a partnership rather than an ambassadorial deal.

MY DEAL WITH INFINIX IS VERY CONFIDENTIAL AND IT’S A PARTNERSHIP. THE PHONE WILL BE LAUNCHED ON 20TH SEPTEMBER ON LEGON CAMPUS. ON MY ALBUM DAY, I WILL DASH 10 INFINIX HOT 8 PHONES TO MY FANS WHO WILL BE ABLE TO SING 4 OF MY SONG LYRICS.

Shedding off some of his many successes this year unto his SM Militants, he forecasted a good 2020 for them following Captan’s recent ‘Overdose’ single release, Joint 77’s ‘Front Page’ single, Addi Self’s ‘Trust Your Love’ and Natty Lee’s ‘Olympics’.

In answering issues relating to the awards that were won by himself and Stonebwoy but had to be returned after the altercation based on the VGMA board decision, he retorted:

I NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO HOLD MY AWARDS SO I DON’T THINK I WILL BE RETURNING SOMETHING I DIDN’T HOLD. MOREOVER, I DON’T KNOW WHERE AND WHO TOOK THE AWARDS. ASIDE THAT I DON’T THINK STONEBWOY OR I WILL RETURN IT. BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING THE FANS WORKED FOR, AND WE HAVE TO DEFEND IT.

The interview relapsed on his loyalty to Zylofon Media in which he assured that he wasn’t going to leave Zylofon Media despite Nam 1’s predicament and even though his contract with them ended a year ago”.

(Source: ghanamusic.com)

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“I’m The Only Serious, Business Minded Artiste In Ghana. – Shatta Wale

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Award-winning dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has explained that his constant criticism of his fellow artistes and for that matter, the Ghanaian music industry is because of his desire to see the industry thrive on the global stage.

According to him, the attitude and mentality of his colleagues do not depict people who are serious-minded and business-focused. In a television interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme, Shatta Wale said although his criticisms are hurtful, they are the hard truth.

“My criticism is for change in the industry; change of attitude and mentality towards our work. I believe most of them are not serious when it comes to music. People have sung since time immemorial and have made people see musicians as band boys and so we are not taken seriously.

“I’ve taken music seriously so when I see some artistes pretending that life is good for them, it makes me feel that pain. Osibisa was one of the successful groups globally. When it comes to my colleagues, we have not taken music serious,” he said.

Explaining further, Shatta Wale, known in real life as Charles Nii Armah Mensah blamed the media for compounding the problems in the music industry. According to him, the media has over hyped musicians and have created the impression that “they’ve made it.”

“Presenters make them feel swollen-headed even with a single song and so when they move out there they move with some hype and they think they’ve made it. I’ve been there before. When I came out as Bandana, that was the same thing I went through. But I was living in a single room and I wasn’t making money,” he said.

According to him, what hurts him most is that some of these musicians who are seen playing on the international stage are paid as low as £100 and £200.

“Some of these artistes are paid £100, £200. You’ll see this person is travelling and I go like, when you went there how much money did you make? Do not lie to the next generation. Do not let them feel like travelling and meeting people out there is the business. The business is how much money are you putting in your pocket? How much are you saving? Cos we are all growing…it’s a seasonal thing.

“I’ll grow one day and see that at this age I have to stop doing music so when I stop what am I going to do? So, I’ve started now, doing businesses here and there. If you think that this is going to be forever… that is why you find old musicians coming out and complaining and it makes me feel sad,” he lamented.

In 2018, Shatta Wale was billed to perform at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre but he failed to turn up.

Explaining why he did not perform at the awards, he said he had no contract with CAF and that he wanted to prove to them that “I’m a very serious artiste who takes his business seriously.”

“CAF didn’t sign a contract with me. They didn’t link any of my management team so when that whole thing came up I was a bit surprise that how come they would want to pay me some money without contract.

“It wasn’t because they paid my Nigerian counterparts more than they offered me. It wasn’t because of the Nigerians. I wanted to show them that this is a serious artiste who takes his business serious. If you wanna put me on a show there are procedures that you have to go through,” he explained.

In his opinion he is the only serious musician in Ghana and it was evident from his collaboration with American singer, Beyonce

“I’m very, very serious,” he said.

Asked if there was no other person in the industry he would consider serious, Shatta had this to say: “I don’t know who to mention. I can’t mention any.”

“What I’m saying now is the truth and it’s the hard truth. They will find it difficult to understand. All those names you are mentioning they are names that I have spoken to and I have educated them on how we should move this music thing,” he explained.

According to him, a serious artiste does not “chase” foreign artistes for collaborations.

“All those artistes you are mentioning are chasing Nigerian artistes. I don’t go chasing Nigerian artistes. They come to me. They love me for the work I do so they come to me with a good heart. It’s not just about talent. I take my business serious.

“When you know what you have, you’ll always sit down and wait for the right time. Like I waited for Beyonce’s collaboration to happen,” he added.

(Source: graphiconline.com)

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“There Are No Greener Pastures Anywhere. — Wiyaala

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International Ghanaian Afro-pop singer Wiyaala, popularly known as the Lioness of Africa has advised young  people to stay home, seek opportunities and work hard at home rather than go abroad.

She thinks that, being optimistic and putting the same effort into working back at home can equally lead you to achieving greater heights. She said, ‘Europe, USA and even Accra are not all that they are made out to be. I’ve seen many young Africans struggling to survive. It’s a myth to think of these places outside as the promised land.’

Watch the video at https://www.t2tinternational.org/event

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the host of 3FM Drive, Giovani Caleb, she said that ‘‘ young people, especially females who seem to face more problems than the boys, need to work harder and realise that the same energy you use in the big city or going outside you could also use in your regions and towns. There are huge opportunities coming in farming and tourism’

The Lioness also related how the Wiyaala Gala Concert in the UK raised significant funds for Teach2Teach, an NGO which trains unemployed SHS leavers to teach basic education to children in deprived communities in Northern Ghana. This helps reduce youth unemployment and improve primary school education in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

(Source: Nancy Hatie Nwadei)

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“Sarkodie Is A Good Friend. – Shatta Wale

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Reggae-Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has revealed that, contrary to reports disseminated by a cross section of the Ghanaian mass communication media, he has no issue with Ghanaian rapper and BET Hip Pop "Best International Flow" award winner, Sarkodie.

According to Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, the relationship between the rapper, christened, Michael Owusu Addo and him is healthy, devoid of defamatory and indecent statements.

This follows recent claims from music lovers and fans that the two artistes have not on good terms for some time now. The simmering tension between the two artistes seems to be of concern to critics and music lovers.

Evidence of this was when the BET award-winner hit out at Shatta Wale in his freestyle “Advice”. And also, Shatta Wale’s failure to congratulate Sarkodie after he made history by being the first artiste to win the Best International Flow at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Meanwhile speaking in an interview on Adom TV’s ‘Fire for Fire’ on Friday, The ‘My level’ hitmaker debunked the claims stating that, he's on a good working rapport with Sarkodie, as feud that transpire between them pertains to showbiz. However, he explained it was unnecessary to congratulate him after winning the BETs.

He added “I believe I haven’t taken any valuable of his. I haven’t stolen his song, in fact, I have [done] entirely nothing wrong to him, he knows what the problem is which is none of mine. “But when he accepts the fact that he is at fault, why not we are brothers besides I am busy making my money.”

Shatta Wale is currently preparing to launch his third professional studio album, dubbed the "Wonderboy" at the second edition of his annual Reign Concert slated for 19th October, 2019. He released the tracklist to the album some few hours ago.

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Becca Host Top Female Artistes In Nigeria.

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Ghanaian music Diva, Becca, last night  hosted all the top female artistes in Nigeria at a beautiful and emotional gathering. The event was first of its kind  in the Nigeria music industry.

She spoke  about  the need for Ghanaian female artistes and their Nigerian counterparts  to collaborate and do big things together to open up the market deeper and further.

She noted that the West African music industry is arguably the biggest in Africa with endless opportunities.Becca is currently promoting her new single, ‘Yes I Do’ featuring Nigerian female heavyweight, Tiwa Savage

(Source: Edem Mensah)

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