Lately on twitter & other social platforms the undying & ending comparison between HighGrade Family Boss, Samini and Shatta Movement Family Boss, Shatta Wale.
Well this issue isn’t as complicated as fans make it seem especially on twitter, what makes you a successful artist. That’s the question being ignored by people while making this comparison basically, my opinion of a successful artist is based on awards, fan base, hit songs, etc. So lets compare based on these.
Awards : Formerly BatMan (Samini) as he’s fondly called by fans has been in the industry for 14years now, wow thats big.
10 years of consistency isn’t easy & all through these years he’s bagged in all a total of several awards which includes..
i) 2006 MOBO Awards – Best African Act
ii) 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Performer
iii) 2007 African Magic Artiste of the Year
1v) 2007 Ghana Music Awards – Record of the Year
v) 2007 Ghana Music Awards – Artiste of the Year
vi) 2007 Radio Song of the year
vii 2004 Ghana Music Awards – Two Awards
viii) 2011 Channel O Awards
ix) 2014 IRAWMA – Best African Performer Award
x) 2013 Bass Awards – Kwame Nkrumah Award (Artiste Of The Year)
x1) 2013 Bass Awards -Best Performer (Reggae/Dancehall)
xii) 2013 Bass Awards – Best Dancehall Artiste
And also nominations from 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006, Best African Act, 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards, Best Performer, 2014 Afrimma Awards, Black Canadian Awards 2014, VGMA 2014, IRWM Awards, BASS Awards, MOAMA Awards, 2014 Ghana DJ Awards which in total sums to 41. Currently CEO of his own famous HighGrade Family
Bandana (Shatta Wale) has been in the industry for 10 years & his active years (mainstream) is 2012 till now so lets say just 2 years but to be honest he’s not doing well to impress us with awards and nominations though he has been rocking stages almost every week both in Ghana and outside the country.
The songwriter, singer & producer has few awards to his name: he has..
i) 2014 Ghana Music Awards – Artiste Of The Year
ii) 2014 Ghana Music Awards – Song Of The Year
iii) 2014 Ghana Music Awards – Most Popular Song
Surprisingly, he has less than 5 different nominations.
Now this is a very difficult part between both artists, they both have die hard fans ready to do anything no matter how crazy. You can hardly see any of them anywhere in Ghana, Africa or any part of the world even some major places in the world without them being mobbed hardly.
The two of them can drop a song whenever & the response will be too massive both on air & off air, but recently I think Shatta Wale’s fan base keeps increasing daily like every song he drops is like fuel to his already existing flame. Some argue the reason is because of Samini is always riding on the COVER of already hit songs.
Well I don’t see how this even relates, the HighGrade Boss dropped one song recently & it didn’t do well . Hopefully the Samini we used to know will be resurrected.
Again another difficult category, the HighGrade Boss has mad crazy singles to his name Linda, Cum Again, Time Bomb, Gang up, Scatter, Badmind, Money Biz, Too Bad, etc . These songs were all big hit songs, club bangers & gained maddddd airplay with two good videos to match.
While Shatta Wale has song extremely good songs too, not just good songs but some were anthems in the streets & the media for a long time from Anastasia, Bandana From Ghana, Dancehall King, Cant Touch Me, Wine Your Waist, Mi A Evil, Enter The Net, Party All Night, Korlegono Na Mi Homneland & recently, Dancehall Commando Remix were all huge songs big anthems undeniably and truth is Shatta Wale’s dancehall king is undeniably bigger than any track Samini ever made . But irrespective Samini paved the way for him (Shatta Wale) who is also paving the way for others now including D2, Pope Skinny, etc.
So Who’s a better & bigger artist?????????????