Shatta Wale, Ghana’s self-styled king of dancehall, is embracing Afrobeats, a testament to the genre’s power and popularity.
In a surprising move, Shatta Wale, known for his success in the Jamaican dancehall scene, has teamed up with Nigerian artists Tekno and Bankuli to create his first Afrobeats album, titled Konekt. While Shatta Wale has made disparaging comments about Nigerians and their music in the past, he is now embracing the genre and aiming to share his fun, hilarious, and happy side with the world.
Afrobeats has been thriving recently, with artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, and Tiwa Savage gaining international recognition. Shatta Wale sees his transition to Afrobeats as a graduation from dancehall and a way to provide his fans with the latest music trends. Although it remains to be seen whether his devoted fans will embrace this change or feel betrayed, the release of the first single, Incoming, is already receiving positive feedback.
Shatta Wale’s decision to explore Afrobeats demonstrates the genre’s influence and appeal, even to artists deeply rooted in other musical styles. By embracing Afrobeats, Shatta Wale is not only expanding his artistic horizons but also joining a movement that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
To listen to the full interview with Shatta Wale, visit the This is Africa website or tune in to BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa.