The Ghanaian music industry has embraced several genre of music — with some having dominated for decades. Reggae, Rock, R&B, Blues, Country, Afro-pop, Hip-hop, Ragga, and our very own originated genres; Highlife and Hiplife, are a few instances of music genres that have dominated in the industry until the arrival of sub Reggae genre — Dancehall.
Since 2009 or so, Dancehall has subjugated most of the above mentioned genres and influenced most of Ghanaian Reggae listeners to substitute their regular root style for the new trend. This has led to endless arguments about who owns the ‘CROWN’ when it comes to Ghanaian Dancehall music.
Shatta Wale, Samini, Iwan and Stonebwoy have always been on top of arguments about the Dancehall ‘CROWN’ which has led to series of diss tracks being released every year to punch each other over the crown. Even recently, when we thought the arguments was over; Samini rekindled it by dropping another ‘bombshell’ dubbed “Vex Madd”.
This has created confusion but this time; I think the record needs to be set straight — as to who performs the genre better. Dancehall per the definition of Wikipedia “is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s.” The online encyclopaedia continues to say “Dancehall is a more sparse version of Reggae than the roots style.” The phrase in contention here is “sparse version of Reggae”.
I think most Ghanaian Dancehall artistes are really doing something which seems to be Afro-pop — almost clean version of Ragga and non-explicit contents. From the likes of Rihanna, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Konshens, Mr. Vegas, Popcaan, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man, Dancehall has never been clean — Dancehall is always ‘dirty’ and I strongly believe Bullhaus Entertainment act, Shatta Wale, is the only Ghanaian complying with the rules of the genre.
What I see from several Ghanaian self-acclaimed Dancehall artistes are tracks that focus on appealing the old and young — which is totally wrong from Dancehall point of view. Even Dancehall dances in Jamaican clubs we use to watch on video streaming platform, YouTube, is totally different from what Ghanaians have been doing the clubs.
The patois language is one of Shatta Wale’s effective tools that helps to trigger the Dancehall feelings in every listener. His control over the Jamaican language and stage craft, I think, is perfect! The rest are just trying to please people. Maybe they don’t have balls..lol 😀
Forget about Shatta Wale’s hottest tracks “Dancehall King” and “Shatta City”, I bring you 15 tracks that prove Wale is the real King of Ghanaian Dancehall music.
- “Gather Around”
- “P***y Arrest”
- “Gal Wuk It”
- “Everybody Likes My Tin”
- “Toto” Feat. Tinny
- “Talk Talk”
- “Dancehall Commando” remix Feat. Sarkodie
- “You Can’t Touch Me”
- “Wine Ya Waist” Feat. Davido
- “Romantic” Feat. Patoranking
- “Wha Ppun”
- “We Spoil Der”
- “Inna Mi Party” Feat. D-Black