Instead of mincing words, we at Flex think dancehall artiste, Bandana aka Shatta Wale will die soon with the popularity he has garnered lately.
A fortnight ago, an article was published seeking to ask or question who truly the dancehall King in Ghana is. In reaction, another article by another writer came out bluntly stating that the question the first writer asked needed no research or debate for an answer because the only musician in Ghana who can be crowned the dancehall King of Ghana is Samini. As to whether the two writers plotted the two stories as a publicity stunt for Samini or not, only they can tell. We are in no authority to judge.
After Bandana’s triumphant performances at Ghana Meets Naija concert and Rackus Entertainment’s maiden edition of BASS Awards, Flex newspaper wanted to know from the funs of dancehall music which musician in Ghana they think qualify to be crowned as the King of dancehall music in Ghana. This we did by visiting some areas in Accra-Nima, Newtown, Ashaiman, Adabraka, Bukom, Circle, and Teshie where funs of dancehall music reside most or sweat it out at clubs and pubs. We told them that one entertainment writer has crowned Samini as the dancehall King in Ghana and asked if they agree or not. They all unanimously disagreed.
In their response, they said Bandana aka Shatta Wale is the King of Dancehall in Ghana. However, we at Flex newspaper think Bandana has transcended Ghana. We therefore say: “Bandana will die soon.” Are you perplexed? Well don’t be, because we don’t mean Bandana will die as in being taken away by death. The D stands for Dancehall, I for International, and the E for Emperor. So putting it right, Bandana will soon become a “Dancehall International Emperor.” Bandana is now ready for the international market as a dancehall artiste! Bandana is synonymous to talent! Bandana is talent personified! Bandana is the definition of talent! Bandana will die soon! Bandana will soon become a Dancehall International Emperor.
Bandana showed maturity when he apologized to anyone he has offended in the past and in recent times on the BASS Awards nominees jam stage last week. The only advice we at Flex will add to our positive wish to him is that he should check the crude side of his character because if he doesn’t, his character can kill his talent. As the old axiom goes: “the charisma can take you to the top but the character will bring you down.” A word to the wise is from the Flex team. Henceforth, when you see or meet Bandana, call him DIE – Dancehall International Emperor! Until then….MOTWUM!!