“God told me to change from Bandana” – Shatta Wale


Dancehall sensation Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale has revealed that his decision to change from Bandana to Shatta Wale was a decision influenced by God.

‘God told me to change my name from Bandana to Shatta Wale’

The self acclaim dancehall king in an interview said


“I felt this music wey I feel say you go be like Lil Wayne and Jay Z, the system no dey like that for here. You know the way Ghana music sometimes you have to hustle promoters to pay you and stuff so I was really struggling. So I woke up and just prayed to God. I said God I beg you, if you will give me another chance for this thing because the way man dey suffer, you for give me an idea (sic),” he said on Joy FM.

Speaking about how God spoke to him to change his name, Nii31 said: “All what I heard from God was, change your name. And I was like, but Bandana be cool oh so I go fi change”

“And He was like, I changed peoples’ names in the Bible and so if you can also change your name, I believe I can push you up.”

“So I said what can I add to the Wale to make it strong, the only word that I could spell in my mind was Shatta. And Shatta in Jamaica is like real bad one. You know, somebody that people fear,” he added.

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