I’m not really sure what’s going on with Shatta Wale but the man has been going around throwing shade at his fellow artists and it just ain’t cute. It was Stonebwoy, then Samini and now even Wizkid. *eyes rolling*
During an interview on Kasapa FM in Ghana’s Capital, Shatta Wale said that most of his fellow musicians act all awkward when around Wizkid. “I will not see Wizkid and be stunned, I rather want him to see me and be amazed because I don’t see anything extraordinary about him, even though he claims to be the best African artist, ” he said.
According to Shatta Wale, it’s about time Ghanaian artists respect themselves and stop rating Nigerian artists into the sky. He said that he is merely motivating his colleague artists to believe that they can also achieve the same status the foreign artists have, through hard work and perseverance. Shatta concluded by saying that he is the only “smart” African artist making enormous money from his music career.
I agree with Shatta Wale on the fact that Wizkid is not extraordinary in any kind of way. But, he is an ordinary person or artist, if you may, doing extra ordinary things. Because of Wizkid, African music is on the map and we have people that are curious to discover even more music from the continent. People that would probably never have known about the existence of such incredible music from Africa are now aware, dancing along, sharing this music with even more people and trying to discover what more Africa has to offer in terms of music.
Does Wizkid claim to be the best African artist? (Not that I have heard of. But I stand corrected. You can send me a link or tag me whenever and wherever he did make this claim) His work, music fans, critics and the media gave Wizkid the “best African artist” title. Does that mean that he is the best in terms of talent? Not necessarily. There could be artists that are more talented than Wizkid, but no one has been able to push the boundaries as much as he has, and without a doubt, no one that has been able to match up to his level of diligence with his art.
Yes, Ghanian artists or any other for that matter shouldn’t look down upon themselves, while holding Nigerian or foreign artists in high regard. However, it’s important to give credit where it’s due and not just that, but for talent to recognize talent. It’s important for artists to be able to study Wizkid and pick up as much as they can on what he’s doing that makes him stand out. This way, you are able to tailor your own success, based on valuable lessons learnt from him.
Shatta Wale is without a doubt very talented but I’m disappointed every time he tries to dim someone else’s light and ends up coming across as bitter and entitled. Why worry about someone that you think is “ordinary” while you are an incredible artist within your own right? If anything, Shatta should be thanking Wizkid, for being such a great representative of African Music to the world. Because of Wizkid, more African artists have higher chances of making it beyond the continent now that there’s already a foot in the door. Shatta might have had a valuable message to share, but with oh such poor delivery.