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I’m Not Rude, Just Principled – Shatta Wale


His unrefined reactions to people’s statements (including blunt insults) may have made many people believe that Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, does not like to be corrected. 

But the ‘Commando’ artiste, who had in the past taken the likes of radio host, Andy Dosty, and musician, Ackah Bla,y, to the cleaners, says that is not the case.

“I get a lot of comments that I am insolent but that is me. Being principled does not make you rude. The fact is, I can’t stand nonsense and I say things as they are, and that is probably why people think I like to insult,’’ he said in a recent interview on Happy FM.

According to Shatta, he has no problem being criticised because it puts him on his toes.

“I do not have issues with people critiquing me. I believe I am human and not perfect, so such criticisms put me on my toes and get me to go out there and do more.

‘’Just that, people should also understand that I can also criticize. Just as I always accept their criticisms, they should do same and not read meanings into it’’

He said he could be a nice person, depending on how one related to him.

“I don’t just walk around insulting people, but when you fall into my trap, I will not forgive you.

“For instance, you don’t expect me to laugh with you when you call me certain names or disrespect me, I will not spare you at all. I am not happy when such comments are made about me’’

Shatta Wale formerly, known as Bandana, was born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Junior in Accra, Ghana, on October 17, 1984 to Charles Nii Armah Mensah Senior, a politician, and Elsie Evelyn Avemegah.

He attended Seven Great Princes Academy at Dansoman-Accra, where he demonstrated an affinity for arts and acted in a popular drama series, By The Fireside at the National Theatre of Ghana.

He won the Artiste of the Year Award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Award (VGMA)2014.  He is the founder of the Shatta Movement Records (SM) or (SM4LYF).

He has a son (Majesty) with girlfriend, Shatta Michy, and has acted in movies such as ‘Never Say Never’ and ‘Shattered Lives’.

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