Officially, the Fantasy Dome at the Trade Fair Center —Accra, can accommodate 15,000. Last night, on the occasion of his “Reign” album launch, singer Shatta Wale truly tested the venue’s capacity, drawing over 20, 000 teeming die-hards dressed in all-white to his “coronation.”
The event, which went on into the early hours of Sunday October 14, was notable for a number of reasons; it marked a new phase in the firebrand’s hit-filled career —the era of the “reign.” It also consolidated Shatta Wale (born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr.) as one whose influence on Ghana’s youth is unquestionable.
The principal performer on the night, Shatta Wale rendered to a highly roused crowd, an endless playlist of records, spanning from his days as Bandana till date. He was supported only with performances from Smokey Beatz, Efe Keyz, his longtime girlfriend to whom he proposed on the night, Shatta Michy (Michelle Diamond) and his Militants (comprising Joint 77, Captan, and Addi Self).
The evening was compered by ace comedian, DKB, and had DJ Vyrusky in charge of the turntables. It was also characterised by classic Shatta Wale rants; among them, a response to Sarkodie’s recent diss track aimed at him, another, a warning to his haters to not test him: ““The way this Ghana music industry make I suffer… I suffer for Ghana too much; nobody for try me. Nobody for worry me for Ghana. Dem no go fit me, I swear. Why me alone, everybody dey fight me?” he blurted tearfully.
The first copy of the album, was purchased for a whopping GHC 150,000 by Mr. and Mrs. Sleg, renowned business people who have long been supporters of the artist.
The Reign album, consisting a single feature (Nigeria’s Olamide), follows the Cloud 9 EP (October 2017), and After the Storm Album (May 2016).
Songs on the 17-track project include “Don’t Baby my Baby”, “Rosalinda”, “Amount”, and the widespread “Gringo.” Producer MOG, Showerz Ebiem, Damage Music, and Shatta Wale himself (who produces under the alias “Da Maker”) programmed beats for the project.
Below are images from the event (Credit: Phylx Akakpo)