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Controversy After Shatta Wale’s Songs Played at The TGMA

Shatta Wale If you don’t sue chatter house, I’ll sue you” – Captain Smart



The just-ended Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMAs), has sparked intense debate. During the event, DJ Black played several hits by Shatta Wale, including “Hosanna,” “Dancehall King,” “Shatta City,” and “Ayoo,” which generated significant reactions on social media.

Fans and critics are divided over Charterhouse’s decision to feature Shatta Wale’s music, despite his previous withdrawal from the awards. Critics argue that playing his songs is contradictory and inconsistent if he is not participating in the event. They see it as inappropriate and misleading.

However, many supporters view the inclusion of his tracks as a recognition of Shatta Wale’s significant impact on the Ghanaian music scene. They believe that despite past conflicts, Charterhouse’s decision highlights his essential role in the industry.

Adding to the controversy, media personality Captain Smart urged Shatta Wale to sue Charterhouse, arguing that if Shatta Wale is banned, his music should be excluded as well. Captain Smart also criticized Charterhouse for allowing foreign, particularly Nigerian, influences to dominate the Ghanaian entertainment industry, expressing dissatisfaction with the frequent awarding of the Best African Artiste accolade to Nigerian musicians.

Despite the controversy, the night featured impressive performances from many Ghanaian artists. Stonebwoy emerged as the highlight, winning the prestigious ‘Artiste of the Year’ award.