Patoranking obviously isn’t a music act to shove aside in Nigeria. The reggae-dancehall singer became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on ‘Alubarika’. His record deal with Foston Musik and his single ‘Girlie O’ would shoot him to limelight afterwards.
The Ijegun-Egba born artiste who originally hails from Ebonyi state has consistently remained in the shades of that limelight. He kept releasing songs which ain’t below par on the charts.
He released his first studio album ‘God over Everything’ in 2016 and the album debuted at No 4 on Billboard’s Raggae Album Charts.
Usually, Patoranking channels his energy towards creating great vibes as in the case of ‘My Woman’ with Wande Coal. He has however displayed his versatility with the swift change of the themes of his songs; – ‘Suh Different’ and ‘Heal the World’.
After his first single of the year ‘Sunshine, ‘Suh Different’ ruled the airwaves. Patoranking teamed up with Ghanaian Raggae music producer Mix Master Garzy to render an awesome vibe. ‘Suh Different’ reflects the known Patoranking with the energy and vibe charged this time towards having the girls whine their waist. It is a dancehall reggae sound that all finds ease with.
Heal D World
Perhaps Patoranking took a cue from late king of pop Micheal Jackson’s song with the same title. Micheal Jackson’s Heal The World was released off his 1991 album ‘Dangerous’. The two songs have the same theme and message. That being said, Patoranking’s Heal D World came at the right time.
Girls fighting over jaminer and pices, every corner it’s war and crisis
Boko Haram, Al Kheeda and ISIS, how come the poor people are the nicest
Africa blessed with lotta beautiful history but these people makes it feel like everything is a mystery
They make us live lives in legitory, we pray to God father to give us victory
Take a look at the city now, no love what a pity now
Patoranking shot at our consciousness with happenings around the world and how love could possibly be the solution to the attainment of peace. It highlights the prevalence of war and unrest in several parts of the world.
The song which was produced by Patoranking’s Amari Musiq producer Killashay, will definitely match for Freedom fighters’ revolutionary anthem. The video reflected Patoranking’s afro-centric stance even in faraway Georgia where the video was shot.
It captured the fallout of a war-torn city and blends same with choirs delivering a melodious yet call-to-action hook. Patoranking had earlier collaborated with Georgian singer Bera on the song ‘Fire to the Sun’ whose video was shot in Georgia as well.
As wonderful as ‘Heal D World’ is, what amazes one more is the pace at with Patoranking has switched from a melodious party vibe as ‘Suh Different’ to a conscious music as ‘Heal D World’ which pricks the listener to give love a space in an attempt to solve the socio-political problems of the lands.
Patoranking is on an adventure of adopting new music styling. His last song of 2017 ‘Available’ had a thud that seeks to inspire the adoption of the South African GQOM sounds and fuse that with the Nigerian sounds.
In an industry where folks feel comfortable to borrow from the lyrics of their previous songs, as Wande Coal did to ‘So Mi So’ from ‘Iskaba’. An industry where Davido and Mayorkun can share the beats for ‘Fall’ and ‘Mama’. An industry where 9ice and JuniorBoy borrows part of the beats for DJ Maphorisa featuring Wizkid and DJ Buckz’s ‘Soweto Baby’ for their ‘Irapada’. Patoranking maintains a rare dynamism in Nigerian music that remains unmatched. And ‘Heal D World’ is a testament of his zing and dynamism.