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I pay 20% of my income as tithe to the streets – Shatta Wale

Shatta wants to help mobilize, equip and empower the youthful masses in the ghettos.

Shatta Wale, in his first-ever interview after the launch of his Wonderboy album, has addressed several issues surrounding the music industry, Kwaw Kese, tithing and giving to the needy, among other pertinent issues.

He officially apologized to Kwaw Kese and his management for the bottle-throwing incident by the SM fans during his performance at the Reign Concert but however justified their actions as the effect of Kwaw’s earlier videos in which he threatened to beat SM fans.

On the issue of his giving, he disclosed, “I pay 20% of my income as a tithe to the streets out of the earnings I gain from shows”.

He further revealed that he is easily moved to bless others financially when he meets hawkers and hustlers on the streets toiling under the hot African sun just to earn a meagre wage at the end of the day.

He took the opportunity to seek the government’s consent to grant him resources to help mobilize, equip and empower the youthful masses in the ghettos across Ghana where he frequently visits to encourage and lend a listening ear to the complaints.

Furthermore, those who have thought that the controversies the Dancehall artiste was involved in were publicity stunts have been proved right as the ‘Freedom’ hitmaker says everything has been an act.

Speaking on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review show last Saturday, October 26, Shatta Wale said, “I have been acting all along and it is sad that Ghanaians didn’t see it. I created all the controversies to get the attention I needed and I am glad I did get the impact.”

According to Shatta Wale, if Ghanaians knew him well, they would not have bothered themselves about some of his utterances and actions.

Citing the example of his fracas with Stonebwoy at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in May this year, Shatta Wale said there was no way he could have created any scene on stage.

“There was no way I was going to cause any harm on stage. I should have just been given the opportunity to do whatever I wanted to do. I knew the platform I was on and I was not going to do anything bad,” he said.

Moving forward, Shatta Wale said everything is now in the past and he would not be going back to his old ways.

“I no longer post videos insulting anyone, I am trying to stay cool as possible. I have gotten all the attention I needed and I am glad for the support I have from my huge fan base,” he said.

Asked if he had any fears, the My Level hitmaker said no explaining that he was a wise musician who saves a lot.

“I know I am not going to last forever so I am doing my possible best to save money for the future. I am running a lot of businesses to live a comfortable life when I am no longer active,” he said.

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Emmanuel Ghansah, Ghana Music

Singer, Songwriter, scriptwriter, blogger, lover of the creative arts, brands and communications expert.

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