Patoranking on style, Coke Studio & awards

Patoranking is an award-winning Nigerian singer, songwriter and performing artiste who shot to fame with super catchy musical compositions like the remix of Girlie O. His other popular releases are Daniella Whine, Alubarika and No Kissing Baby with Sarkodie, among a string of others. He returns to the show in 2017, paired with Tanzanian megastar Alikiba. Here are four things he revealed he is most passionate about:

Music Style

His authentic style in reggae and dancehall genres has set him apart from other new-age African entertainers in music. He says: “I love and live music. I also love football and if it weren’t for music I would be a footballer… I am into reggae-dancehall and a fusion of afro-beat.”

On his second time at Coke Studio

Patoranking made his premiere on Coke Studio Africa season 4 paired with Tanzanian pop princess Vanessa Mdee. He shares: “Coke Studio Africa this year is awesome. I am working with Alikiba and I love the whole vibe. I was excited to hear I was working with him because I have always loved to experiment with new stuff and this is someone who is known for his versatile genres in music. Coke Studio is a great experience and I feel like all artists in and out of Africa must pass through this – especially if you really love your craft.”

On favourite collabos

Patoranking says he has been fortunate to work with several great artists, but confirms that his best song is yet to be produced. He names Coke Studio Africa 2017 artist Nahreel as one of his best artists to collaborate with. “Nahreel is a cool guy and I respect his talent – he is a super producer. I enjoyed working with Busy Signal and Konshens too. It’s always nice when you meet people you look up to and work with them.” On the show, Patoranking and Alikiba will also be collaborating with Ozane from Togo, who makes his debut this season as a Big Break artist.

On winning awards

Patoranking has already bagged an award this year for Best African Artist at the iconic South African Music Awards (SAMA). “Big shout out to SAMA awards for recognizing me this year. Last year I put in a lot of work. It’s a blessing and I am very thankful to my fans and radios for playing and supporting my music.” He adds: “My dream is to give the African child motivation. No matter where you are from you can be whatever you want to be – I came from there and I am here today.”