Arguably one of the biggest musical assets in Africa, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has revealed that his first dream was to become a lawyer, but unfortunately, that dream didn’t materialise as he took to the path of pursuing a career in music.
He made this revelation while speaking on speaking on 3FM’s mid-morning show Urban Blend.
“After school, I wanted to be a lawyer,” he said, adding: “My dad also wanted me to be a lawyer. After school, I told him I wanted to do music for about two years,” he disclosed.
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According to Shatta Wale, in the wake of pursuing music, he had to take a break during his early days in the music scene to restructure himself and brand because “I was not getting money from shows and my record label too was bad.”
“When I started as Bandana, I realised that it was not going well. I was not getting money from shows and my record label too was bad. So, I took some time to rebrand and come again,” Shatta added.
Formerly known as Bandana in the early 2000s, Shatta Wale over the course of 7 years since his reemergence into the Ghanaian music community has built a formidable name for himself as he has had a lustrous career over the years.
From been crowned VGMA Artiste of the Year to winning the African Artiste of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards as well as been presented with the Key to the City of Worcester by the Mayor of Worcester, on 8 July 2017, in recognition of his contributions to the arts, Shatta Wale has done more than enough to be counted among the greats in African Music.
Most recent of his continuous growth and exposure was when he featured on Beyonce’s Lion King Album off the Already soundtrack which recently won Best Collaboration of the Year award at the just-ended 2020 BreakTudo Awards in Brazil.