Dancehall sensation Shatta Wale has recently stirred up a discussion within the music industry by expressing his belief that Ghanaian artists are not on par with the likes of Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid from Nigeria. In an interview with Takoradi-based Empire FM, Shatta Wale pointed to the camaraderie and unity among Nigerian artists as a key factor in their rapid rise to global stardom. He underscored the importance of unity within the Ghanaian music scene and called for support rather than criticism from the media and entertainment pundits.
Shatta Wale highlighted instances where Nigerian artists visiting Ghana formed strong connections with him, emphasizing the collaborative spirit that has propelled their success. He attributed Nigerian artists’ faster success to the unwavering support they receive from their fellow countrymen, which has significantly boosted their global recognition.
However, Shatta Wale didn’t stop at praising Nigerian artists and critiquing the Ghanaian music scene. He also addressed the negative portrayal of his image in entertainment programs and media outlets, expressing his ability to transform adversity into personal gains. In response to criticisms about his eligibility for a diplomatic passport, Shatta Wale questioned the selective scrutiny faced by certain artists, pointing out that others like Stonebwoy and Sarkodie have also encountered controversies without similar backlash.
Shatta Wale’s comments have sparked a passionate debate about the state of the Ghanaian music industry, with some agreeing with his assessment of the challenges and others finding his perspective overly critical. While it remains to be seen whether his remarks will prompt tangible changes in the support structure for Ghanaian artists, his statements have undeniably brought attention to crucial issues within the music industry. The discussion initiated by Shatta Wale sheds light on the importance of unity, collaboration, and media advocacy in fostering an environment conducive to the growth and success of Ghanaian artists on the global stage.