Because of his instant rise to stardom, it’s hard to believe that Nigerian Dancehall sensation — Patoranking, became a superstar in the early months of this year, 2014.
He got Tiwa Savage to join him on the remix of his song – Girlie O and was also featured on Seyi Shay‘s chart topping single – Murda alongside Shaydee.
Quite clearly, MTV is also feeling the young star, and featured him in its Iggy section.
Bez and Asa are some of the Nigerian artistes featured in the past on the platform.
Dubbed the “New Face of Naija Dancehall”, the short review details his rough and humble beginnings, his underground works, collaborating with Timaya, and signing a deal with Foston Musik
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Where He’s From: Lagos, Nigeria
When He Started: 2009
For Fans Of: Tiwa Savage, Davido, Shatta Wale, Samini
Sounds Like: Lagos pon de dance floor
This summer, dancehall-reggae deejay/singer Patoranking (born Patrick Nnamemeka Okorie) has one of most popular tunes in Nigeria, “Girlie O (Remix),” which features the vocal stylings of Naija pop queen Tiwa Savage. Prior to this year, he had been recording for years in the underground, gaining a reputation for thoughtful, spiritual lyrics over airy dancehall riddims and one-drop reggae.
His peek through the door before his big break came in 2013, when his collaboration with singer Timaya, “Alubarika,” made a few ripples. The reggae jam, whose title can be translated to “god’s blessings,” features a sunny melody and Patoranking’s magnetizing patois. He said in an interview that the song was about “the transition from ghetto to hero and grass to grace”.
In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released the original verson of “Girlie O” produced by WizzyPro. In its video, Patoranking comforts a woman affected by domestic violence. Tiwa Savage was so impressed by the track that she reached out to him to jump on the remix, which adds some spit and polish to the song’s minimalist dancehall beat. All and all, Patoranking’s romantic charm, positivism and spirituality makes him a promising rising star in the global dancehall scene.