Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has released a new song to spite the organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse.
This comes after CEO of Charterhouse, Mrs Theresa Ayoade, allegedly urged the media to help music lovers rise above Shatta Wale and his main competitor in the music industry, Stonebwoy.
The comment has been described as a deliberate agenda against the two artistes.
“Can you as the media help the industry rise above these two? Let’s rise above these two and let the industry breathe and move on. Sarkodie won artiste of the decade and nobody even talked about it.
“The industry is bigger than these two artistes and that what I want you to go back with. There are lots of young people who need the opportunity so let’s move on,” she said at a press conference.
Although Shatta Wale released a response through a live Facebook video, lashing out at the award scheme, his song 'The Ban', seems to be the continuation of his thoughts on getting indefinitely banned.
Sounding very livid in his lyrics, the controversial Dancehall act minced no words in lashing out at the VGMA with contestable claims in Ga that translate as: 'they are taking money from Ghanaians in the name of voting which is all scam.'
Listen to the song.
'The Ban' is the second song Shatta Wale has released to criticise the awards scheme. In 2013, after he lost the Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year award to Kaakie, he released a song titled 'Letter to Charterhouse'.
In the song, he accused the institution of rigging votes and favouring a female artiste, Kaakie, over him.
After Kaakie was announced the winner of that category which also had Bandana (Shatta Wale), Blakk Rasta, Eazzy, Knii Lante and Samini as contenders, Shatta Wale took to the social media platform, Twitter, to vent his anger at the organisers.
After seven months of bad blood, Shatta Wale, during his performance at the 2013 Ghana Rocks (GH Rocks) concert at the Accra International Conference Centre publicly apologised to Charterhouse.
Five minutes into his performance, the dancehall artiste performed a short version of his 'Letter to Charterhouse' and then invited George Quaye, who was a PRO then to join him on stage.
Then to the surprise of the thousands who were upstanding at the venue, Shatta Wale said, "I want you to bear with me that in this industry we love ourselves and we love Ghana. I really want to apologise to Charterhouse because I never knew they love me so much... I just want to say I'm sorry."
The artiste was welcomed back into the scheme and went on to win the 2014 Artiste of the Year award.
However, he was banned again in 2016 because he maligned the board of the awards scheme – a ban which was lifted in 2019. The lift was, however, shortlived after he breached protocol and approached the stage – seemingly angry – with some fans when his then-rival Stonebwoy was giving his acceptance speech.
In the melee, Stonebwoy pulled a gun prompting widespread criticism. Mrs Theresa Ayoade said the scheme was disappointed in Shatta Wale whose actions led to the fight.
Mrs Theresa Ayoade
“We’ve always given him a chance to reinvent and represent himself to us and some of these attempts have been thrown into our faces.
“So, it got to a point that we took a stance and we stood by that stance for two years just for the peace of mind [and] to maintain our grips with regard to the event,” she told News Desk on JoyNews channel in May 2019.