THE REBEL VS VGMAS: WAS IT NECESSARY FOR SHATTA WALE TO DROP A DISS SONG?

  • 2021-02-19

If you are familiar with Ghana’s entertainment industry, then you probably know about the rift between Dancehall icon, Shatta Wale, and the VGMA’s. For many years, the organization and the Shatta Wale brand don’t see eye to eye. It’s perceived that a smart person should never resolve a dispute with brute force, but in the case of Shatta Wale, being brutally honest and spearheading a revolution against the award scheme have proven to be profitable. Shatta wale was banned from the VGMA’s for almost 4 years but that hasn’t killed his brand, he continues to gain global recognition without a VGMA plaque or nomination. Recently, the ban placed on him and Stonebwoy was lifted by the organization, however, it appears Shatta Wale is not in the mood to smoke the peace pipe, expectedly, he drops another Letter (a diss song) to Charterhouse, the institution that powers the VGMAs.

The track, “Lift” is Shatta Wale’s fourth letter to Charter House and he still accuses the organization of being fraudulent, biased, and career killers. The question is…was it necessary for Shatta Wale to drop another diss song? Well, there’s a saying that “If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Clearly, when Shatta Wale starts a war, it doesn’t end like the situation in Yemen, and believe it or not, he survives to share tales of the war. Sometimes, the industry needs an insurgent instead of a peacemaker to rally the agenda of positive change.

By Garvin Atee