Benisah Saviour: the Fan who has written the lyrics of over 100 songs of Shatta WaleJanuary 3, 2017 / 3 Comments / Tags: Benisah Saviour, Lyrics, Shatta Honours, Shatta Wale lyrics, Shatta Wale songs, SM Baby
Fans are continuously becoming a strong pillar in the success of most musicians in Ghana. They are not just followers but young people with the energy to get their idol to be seen as the best of all. Having a strong fan base has become integral to making an artiste popular, getting high music downloads and reviews, and to a large extent, portraying you to event organisers as the most relevant person, at that period, to deal with – that is, book you for shows.
It is a big deal now. Individuals are forming their own support groups ‘on the blind side’ of artistes they support and gradually becoming the mouth piece of the artistes and even resist any attempt to portray their god as not the best. Having a strong and effective fan base is great but if not managed well, could bring some problems to your brand.
Prince Baah-Duodu, content and creative lead of Top Chart GH, discovered the success story of Benisah and decided to find out about his inspiration for such act of volunteerism for an artiste he had not even met before.
Saviour Blaze Benisah, known as SM Baby, has risen from just a fan of Shatta Wale, from the Bandana days to a recognized lyrics writer for Shatta Wale songs, just before the song is released, or right after it is released – it doesn’t matter how many songs Shatta releases in a day, he is always prepared to write the lyrics – remember that Shatta Wale does not write the lyrics of the his songs– he sings and record spontaneously.
He told me that it is just passion and his love for Shatta Wale. He had no relationship with Shatta wale; he had not met him before. He was inspired to write the lyrics of the old songs of Shatta due to his frustration about the fact that people complained Shatta Wale was only releasing ‘dirty’ songs. Shatta drops the song. Benisah listens, he gets unto his laptop, listens to the song and write the lyrics.
His first lyrics was for the song ‘Thank you Jah’ (from Psalm 23), which he shared online and surprisingly, he got a friend request from Shatta Wale himself.
Though he had still not met Shatta Wale physically or received any gifts from him, he went on to write the lyrics of most of the song Shatta Wale put out there. This according to him, will give a lot of people the chance to learn the lyrics of the songs and sing them especially at Concerts Shatta wale performs.
He has a Whatsapp group which he calls his office, and has only him in there, where he types the lyrics when he is in town, in School or has no access to a PC. He is now recognized by Shatta Wale as one of his strong fans so it was not surprising when Shatta Wale himself honored him at the Shatta Honors with a new Laptop, few days ago, on 31st December, 2016.
Benisah is a level 300 student at the African University College of communications (AUCC), studying strategic communications and hopes to launch his event company soon.
In Ghana, ‘organised’ fan base has shifted from football and radio station clubs to the music industry. From the likes of Shatta Movement by Shatta Wale, SarkNation by Sarkodie, BhimNation by StoneBwoy, High GradeFamily by Samini, Eliens by EL, BadMan Family by Tinny to Gadam Nation by Fancy Gadam, and others, it is clear that even the digital music era and the unending set up of radio stations, it will still require a strong fan base (especially with its root from where the artiste lives or spent most of lives) to spread your message as fast as possible – it is a necessary ingredient to consider when masterminding your strategy as an act.
Image credit: Benisah Saviour