There have been many Reggae artists from the African continent over the years like Majek Fashek, Luke Dube, Soul Raiders and Alpha Blondy to name a few. Ghana is one of the countries producing Reggae artists and especially some the biggest Dancehall artists in Africa. Two of the biggest are Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale. If you are a Dancehall fan and you are not familiar with these two names google them and or go to Youtube where you can watch dozens of music videos by two of Ghana’s finest. Just to get you started ….
Here is Stonebwoy’s “Bihm Nation” and Shatta Wale’s “Taking Over”
Stonebwoy, born Livingstone Etse Satekla, began performing during his school days and caught the attention of Samini who signed him to Samini Music where he released his frist album “Grade 1” in 2012. His first two singles from the album “Climax” featuring Samini and “Ghetto Love” featuring Irene Logan made him a household name in Ghana and earned him nominations at the Ghana Music Awards. He released his second album “Necessary Evil” in 2014 and it won 3 Ghana Music Awards out of 6 nominations. In 2015, he won Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. This past December Stonebwoy released “Epistles of Mama” his third album containing 29 tracks and features Jamaican superstar Sean Paul. Stonebwoy has a melodious flow and any Jamaican would be fairly impressed with his patois. He is definitely on the rise and since the release of his first album he has toured Europe twice, Australia and has done some dates in America and Canada.
Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., released his first song “Moko Ho (Bandana from Ghana)” featuring Tinny under the name Bandana back in 2004. He later travelled to Jamaica to study Dancehall and learn Patois. Much like Stonebwoy 2014 was a good year for Shatta where one of his more popular songs “Dancehall King” earned him Artist of the year at the Ghana Music Awards. This came a year after he composed a song titled “Me Need No Awards”, accusing the Ghana Music Award organizers of cheating him out of the Dancehall Artist of the Year award. His more recent albums “After The Storm” 2016 and “African Takeover” 2017 won multiple awards at the Ghana Music Awards UK. Shatta is the peoples champ in Ghana. He represents brands like Guinness Ghana Breweries and Rush Energy Drinks locally as well as hosting large events all over the country. His album release party for “After The Storm” is said to have had over 60,000 fans in attendance. In 2014 Shatta Wale welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay, while it was touring Commonwealth countries ahead of the Olympic games. He has also done some acting starring in the film “Shattered Lives” in 2016.
These are just two of the Reggae and Dancehall artists carrying the torch. They are serious about the craft and have a deep love for the Jamaican music style. With non Jamaican Reggae artists being nominated for Reggae Grammy awards and more and more emerging from America, Europe, Japan and Hawaii it is nice to see Reggae music and it’s sub genres growing.