Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Ghanaian dancehall singer leads star-studded reggae album

Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale

A reggae album featuring the first African dancehall and reggae singer as the headliner will drop this week. 

The album, Tropical House Crusie to Jamaica: The Reggae Collector’s Edition, features Ghanaian dancehall and reggae singer Shatta Wale.

Produced by Contractor Music Group from Jamaica, the album also features a list of top-selling artistes from Jamaica such as Capleton, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Don Yute, Mojo Morgan, Wayne Wonder, Singing Melody, Peetah Morgan, Tommy Lee Sparta, SkilliBeng, Voicemail and Royce Da59.

The release date for the 25-track album is June 5.  

Executive producer Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards says the album is a high-intensity reggae vibe that is sure to captivate reggae lovers around the globe.

The first staging of the album two years ago hit number one for four weeks straight on Billboard’s Number One album, then spent another nine weeks on Billboard’s Top 10. 

“I am very thankful to the reggae fans of Africa, in particular Ghana. We made Shatta Wale, the artist from Ghana as the face of the project to open up the African market and the decision has paid off," Edwards says.

Shatta Wale, real name Charles Nii Armah Mensah, is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician.

Wale is well known for his performance in Beyoncé’s Lion King Album launched last year.

He’s also known as the African Dancehall King and says this album is one of the highlights of his career, solidifying the bridge that reggae joins between Africa and the Caribbean.

"I feel so honoured getting fans from all over the world, especially the Caribbean cause that is one of the greatest places that I want to live. I tell people I have a blood when it comes to the Caribbean, I believe my destination is to be one of those artistes who have blown up in the world coming from the Caribbean. I believe people from the Caribbean are my brothers and sisters and I have that connection with them. Me having fans from the Caribbean makes me feel so honoured," he says.

Wale notes that Africa is open and receptive to reggae music and he’s excited about the album’s launch.

Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica: the Reggae Collective Edition was produced by a collective that includes Contractor Music Group, Golden Child Records, Beatbopper Records, and Kohanim Records.

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