Diasporian News of 2014-07-13

GhanaFest: Shatta Wale Storms Chicago July 26

Start preparing for a summer getaway with your friends and family to Chicago. The “Windy City” will be thrown into a historic cultural frenzy on July 26 2014 as the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago takes Ghanafest to another classy level. The festival starts from 11 A.M to 10 p.m.

On this weekend you will definitely not want to miss out on witnessing both Ghana’s current sensational musician, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., known by his stage name Shatta Wale (formerly Bandana) perform live; or the rich African culture displayed with pomp and pageantry in Chicago.

Yes, we are talking about Ghana’s Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards, Dancehall King, SHATTA WALE (BANDANA) take stage at Ghanafest with an expected epic performance. His presence at Ghanafest is big, the festival itself is an unadulterated Ghanaian cultural exposition that occurs once a year on the last Saturday of July in Chicago! Yes again we are talking about the cultural phenomenon called Ghanafest in Chicago, the mother of all African cultural celebrations in the Diasporas! Been to Ghanafest before? If you have not, don’t worry, all you need to do is to show up, enjoy yourself and be part of history; if yes this would be the biggest and best yet and you must experience it personally again!

Ghanafest has over the years become a great annual event that depicts not only Ghana’s traditional thanksgiving celebrations, and a cultural exposition of great significance that showcases the diverse and rich Ghanaian culture to the American public and the world at-large, but also a day for reaffirming our national unity, identity and brotherhood in the Diaspora! That is why Ghanaians from all walks of life throng to Chicago to be part of a prodigious festival like Ghanafest! This spectacular event will also showcase the taste of Ghana and African Arts and craft. It is expected to be attended by thousands of Chicagoans and visitors from all around the world, notably Canada, Ghana, U.K. and the United States

You cannot afford to miss out on this year’s celebrations as the leadership of the Ghana National Council noted and addressed your concerns by spicing this year’s festival with the invitation of the hottest musician in Ghana, Shatta Wale, to perform live! Also they have reduced the attendance fee from $15.00 charged last year to $10.00 per head! There are other local musical talents and top DJ’s like, DJ Bonsu, DJ Chief etc. lined up on the program to entertain you all evening long! There are pre and post after parties creased up to keep your stay in the Chicago area during the weekend of July 26 a happy and an unforgettable one!


About the main artiste: Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., known by his stage name Shatta Wale (formerly Bandana), is a Ghanaian born Reggae Dancehall musician. He is best known for "Dancehall King". He won Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. Shatta Wale's musical talent was recognized from Junior High School in Ghana from Datus Preparatory School in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. He later joined Winneba Secondary School where he continued with his tremendous love for music mimicking the style of CJ lewis and other stars like Shabba Ranks and Shaggy. He co joined another singer and artist Duke Thompson as they became an entertaining group, Duke now with the Group D2, but by then using the stage name "Tobacco" and Shatta wale then using the name "Doggy". Shatta Wale and Tobacco then got so much attention at school that, their seniors and juniors got anticipated with them waiting for their Saturday entertainment bash to arrive early. Shatta Wale changed his name to "Bandana" after senior high school and released the hit track "Bandana from Ghana". The song made tremendous air waves in the Ghanaian music industry in 2004. Shatta Wale's sudden rise to the occasion happen in 2013 VGMA awards when he threw lyrical insults to VGMA because he proclaimed they robbed him of the Dancehall artist of the year to a female Dancehall artist "Kaakie". Even though the song had vulgar lyrics, it was so anticipated by the media which created his musical breakthrough. He later released more songs from his Facebook page for fans to download. His greatest song hit in 2013, Dancehall king took the airwaves by surprise.
Shatta wale's musical revenue is mostly generated through hosting of shows which attracts most 1000's of Ghanaian youths. He takes his ply to Chicago in two weeks’ time!

Source: Reuben Hiadze
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