Ghanaians have been questioning how Shatta Wale landed his deal with Beyoncé after the news came out, on Tuesday.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Wednesday, artiste manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, said the team did not pitch any work for selection as many fans have wondered.
“They reached out to our team through Leslie Quaynor, owner of Fantasy Dome and CEO of Fantasy Entertainment Ghana,” he told Daniel Dadzie host of the show.
He admitted Beyoncé had come to Africa to collect and gather up sounds based on her album theme but their deal was quite different from all the others.
Bulldog, as he is popularly called, stated, “I am sure Beyoncé’s team had scouted and listened wide, that’s how they came about their decision.”
On Beyoncé ‘s 14-song new album, The Lion King: The Gift, Shatta Wale is featured in song number 11 – ‘Already’.
The song was also produced by Ghana’s own GuiltyBeatz.
GuiltyBeatz also co-produced two other songs on the album, “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” by Beyoncé, and ‘Keys to The Kingdom’ by Tiwa Savage
The artiste manager had initially worked with Shatta Wale on the song Beyonce’s team had asked them to jump on.
“When it came to us they wanted to do something special so after the initial work we had done on the song, a request came back to have us do more on a hook Beyoncé was initially supposed to do,” he revealed.
Bulldog stated, Beyoncé was impressed with the lyrics of Shatta Wale and asked for the change herself, “ she said it would be better for him to do that hook.”
He added the team is humbled because it was the criticisms and support of Ghanaians that elevated Shatta Wale to where he is now.
”This is a win for Ghana and the music industry and not just Shatta Wale,” he added.
The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records.
See the tracklist below:
01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”