DRUM EXCLUSIVE: One on One with Patoranking
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Cape Town - Nigerian superstar Patoranking is one of music’s hit makers and most rising star, and next month he goes head to head with other strong acts like rapper AKA at the Red Bull Culture Clash.
DRUM caught up with Patoranking to talk music, his journey, The Voice Nigeria and more.
How would you describe yourself to people who have never heard of you?
I am a reggae/dancehall musician from Nigeria on a mission to take Africa to the world. With a universal sound that has allowed me to perform on big stages the world over, I’m excited for my South African fans to watch me live in the upcoming Red Bull Culture Clash on 23 September 2017 and decide for themselves. All Afrobeats and dancehall lovers need to come out to support me on the night because I’m bringing them fire. Tickets are available from Computicket.
You got signed under a record label in 2010 but it took some time for you to “blow up” if so to say. How did you keep pushing to get to the point you’re at today?
I didn’t give up… I came from a place I am proud of but I never want to go back to, so I constantly remind myself of that and the people I had to help get out of there. It’s as a result of this perseverance that I am able to work with amazing artists and brands and connect with people on a global scale to share my music. During Red Bull Culture Clash, for example, fans will see me go head to head with the likes of AKA. Its four stages in one night, to be precise, battling for the crowds ‘votes’, judged by their reaction on the night which will decide the best performance deserving of the title of Red Bull Culture Clash South Africa winner. I’m in a space where I’m able to pick the kind of work I want to be a part of.
You have a lot going on for you, when you were recording “Girlie O” did you ever dream that from that remix with Tiwa Savage you would blow up as you have?
I always knew I was going to be a star and I was prepared to work for it and not have it handed to me. So I guess the way it has happened was specially designed and I am grateful to God.
You have had many singles under your belt before you released your debut album God Over Everything. How did it feel to finally have your own body of work out there?
It felt fulfilling. It also showed me how much more I still need to do. I am not where I am headed yet but I am not where I started either. There has been progress and I am happy about that.
What was it like working with all the featured artists on your album GOE?
It was enlightening. I learnt different other sounds as well as patience. It also brought me good friends and made me understand myself better.
You were cast as a judge on The Voice Nigeria last year and you’re still filming. How did that come about and how do you feel about it?
I was humbled to be selected to pass comments and judge music in general. Everyone on the show is exceptionally talented and I am glad I am part of that.
What are you working on currently and what can we expect from Patoranking in the future?
Definitely more music, more videos, more touring and promoting my music. I have a new sound that my fans will love. Watch out for my new song with Platinum diamonds from TZ, coming out in September. Then you will understand the direction.