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Patoranking: “I’m trying to conquer the globe"

UNSTOPPABLE: Patoranking says he's yet to see a highlight in his career

AWARD-WINNING Nigerian dancehall artist, Patoranking is taking over the music scene with his blend of Afro Caribbean sounds. Since he introduced his matchless fusion to the industry, the star has never looked back.

In 2013, Patoranking had his first big break when he collaborated with Nigerian singer Timaya for the hit Alubarika. He said: “That was the first song that brought me out and it became a national hit and ever since there’s been no holding back for Patoranking.”

Patoranking, the self-proclaimed “next big thing after Bob Marley”, said: “My inspiration first comes from God and secondly comes from my environment. I just have a reflection of where I come from and I try and make music out of the situation and the things that I have seen.”

His passion for songwriting developed back home in Nigeria amid the country’s diverse culture and vibrant music scene.

Patoranking said: “We have our own genre of music which is a stepchild of reggae. It sounds like an Afro version of dancehall or bashment and it was a huge type of music when I was younger. That was the music I was listening to then, so the love grew from that time till now.”

On reflection of the best bits of his career to date, he said: “The most enjoyable thing for me is the fact that I’m able to express myself through music and I’m able to tell people how I feel. Those moments are priceless.”

Despite his notable success so far, Patoranking has his mind set on reaching to the top.

“I am yet to see a highlight. The day I get nominated or win a Grammy that will be a highlight to me. Everything I’ve done so far is a journey to where I am headed,” he said.

Talking about one of his well-loved hits, My Woman My Everything , Patoranking recalled where it all started. “I was just having fun in the studio one day making music. I never knew the song would be as big as it is; it was a smash from the first day. The video was shot here in London and while we were shooting the energy on set was awesome,” he said.

As someone who is experienced in making a mark on the industry, Patoranking is well-equipped to give advice to his fans who want to break into the music sector. “First, believe in yourself, believe in God and stay away from drugs. Those are the three fundamental keys that I still live by,” he said.

Next from him he says is “so much great music”. “I’m trying to conquer the globe one step at a time. Expect more bangers, more songs, and more collaboration.”

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