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Ghanaian reggae dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale in a well written post on Instagram sent a “Thank you” message to the sculptor who honored him with a sculpt work which many have termed “ugly”.
Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., had received another sculpture by a staunch fan student sculptor to honor him before the launch of his Reign album. Pictures of the sculptor posing and smiling with his work went viral on the Internet. The work showed the singer putting on a pair of jeans, jewels hanging on his topless body and a mike in his hand.
Even though many have mocked the recent sculpt work by the student sculptor, the multiple award-winning dancehall king still had to steal some time out of his schedule to send a hearty thank you to Stephen Allotey.
In the thank you message, he shared with his followers a list of reasons he will be celebrated in history as a “hero with a big mouth” that saved the Ghanaian music industry. To the sculptor, he wrote:
“Years to come his name will go down into history as hero with a big mouth that saved the music industry of Ghana from the hands of other music markets”.
He later on in the post listed some of his self-proclaimed achievements to save the Ghanaian music industry.
“A hero who saw artiste being paid huge some of Money bcos he fought for that. A hero whose era end paying of payola cos he proved to people one can still push and promote a song without radio/Tv”.
The singer has been in a battle of words with fellow Ghanaian artistes like Sarkodi and Stonebwoy. Earlier this year, he blasted Sarkodi fans for castigating him as he congratulated Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy on his four award wins at the Soundcity MVP awards that took place in Nigeria last Saturday.
He has had a longstanding ‘beef’ with Stonebwoy even though that with the Ghanaian star Sarkodi is more recent.
Shatta Wale is the most awarded hancehall artiste in Africa and stands as of now the second most awarded Ghanaian musician. He has close to 100 songs in his career that comprises of dancehall, reggae and Afrobeats. He was put on number 38 on E.tv’s “Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaians” Awards chart in 2014.
By Penn Tencha for Iyun Ade Blog