Shatta Wale Makes History As the first Ghanaian to be RIAA Gold certified

The Ghanaian Dancehall Artist, Charles Nii Armah Mensah famously known as Shatta Wale has made history by becoming the first Ghanaian to become RIAA Gold certified.

On August 8, 2022, the song “Already” by Beyonce, Shatta Wale, and Major Lazer received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Shatta Wale is the first Ghanaian to receive recognition from the RIAA on a global scale, making history with this accolade.

To recognize artists and keep tabs on sound recording sales, the RIAA established the Gold and Platinum Awards Program. Additionally, it has evolved into the yardstick for success in the recorded music sector.

The Lion King Album’s song “Already” is categorized as Afrobeat music. Black is King, a 2020 motion picture, also uses the song by American singer Beyoncé, Ghanaian artist Shatta Wale, and American group Major Lazer.

Sources claim that filmmaker Joshua Kissi traveled to Ghana to record some of the videos. The song video was shot in the Greater Accra Region and the Eastern Region.

In 2022, “Already” won the Best Collaboration of the Year honor at the 6th annual AEAUSA and the 18th Urban Music Awards. At the 2020 BreakTudo Awards, the song took home the Best Collaboration trophy.

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