Shatta Wale, whose real name is Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., has become the first artist from Africa to top Apple’s iTunes reggae list in the United States after his song, “Property,” which came out in 2020, surpassed songs by artists such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy and Wayne Wonder.
Shatta has previously worked on music projects with Beyoncé in 2019 on the Grammy-nominated song “Already” from her album “The Lion King: The Gift.” He was nominated for two prizes in 2021, and at the International Reggae and World Music Awards, he took home the trophy for “Best Virtual Entertainer of the Year” (IRAWMA).
The “Faith Concert,” organized by Shatta Wale, was the first YouTube digital concert in Ghana. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was developed to give people all across the world hope. He was honored in 2018 at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards for his services to reggae in Ghana.
“Property” by Shatta Wale, “Here Comes Hotstepper (Heartical Mix)” by Ini Kamoze, “Angel” starring Rayvon by Shaggy, “It Wasn’t Me” featuring Ricardo Ducent by Shaggy, and “Red Red Wine” (12-inch version) by UB40 are the top five singles on the iTunes reggae chart in the US.
The Jamaican marketing company Contractor Music Group published the “Jamaican Garrison Christmas album,” which included Shatta Wale’s “Property.”