Patoranking is a Nigerian born singer and song writer who was born Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie on the 27th of May 1990, in Ijegun Egba, Alimosho area of Lagos State to Mr and Mrs Okorie.
He originally hails from Ebonyi state in the eastern region of Nigeria; he grew up in satellite town and Ebutte meta all Lagos his state of birth.
The singer had his education at Citizens Comprehensive College Epe and at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School in Iponri. Growing up wasn’t rosy for patoranking as he started doing menial jobs at an early age to survive.
While receiving his award at the Headies 2014 he mentioned in his speech that he had worked as a brick layer and hawked rat poison as a means of survival, he also mentioned while trying to encourage young people that he lived with his entire family in a one bedroom apartment while growing up in Ebutte Metta.
The singer started his career as a street jam and carnival dancer, he danced at shows, carnivals, converts and other shows and met many artists in the course of it. He ended up collaborating with some of them like Slam and Reggie Rockstone.
In an interview with Entertainment Express, Patoranking explained that his moniker was given to him by a Jamaican reggae artist he met at Alpha Beach in Lagos in the early days of his career.
The singer who describes his music as a morally inclined variation of dancehall communicates love and socio political issues in his songs, his style of music is influenced by Blackface, Baju Banton, Tuface, Blackky, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus, Majek Fashek and Marvelous Benjy.In 2010, he got signed to K’Solo’s record label and released a single “up in D Club” under the label. By 2012, he released another single that was a combination of dancehall and fuji beats titled “Iya Bisi” it featured Qdot and Kbaj who helped him compose the song.
In 2013, he became a protogee of Timaya’s Dem Mama Records, he collaborated with Timaya to release his next single “Alubarika” which translates to the Blessings of God. With this single, he captured the attention of many and began his journey to fame as many people got to know him for the first time as a good reggae artist and they began to look forward to more music from him.
Alubarika was the singer’s expression of gratitude to God for how well his journey as an artist had turned out at that time. He signed a new record deal with Foston music in 2014, after ending his affilaitions with Timaya’s Dem Mama Records.
He released his back going single “Girlie O” produced by WizzyPro under his new record label and made a video for it. The video which was directed by Moe Musa and shot in london communicated a need to end domestic abuse in relationships, it was also a pointer to victims of domestic violence on the need of summoning courage to leave absuive relationships while they can.
The remix of “Girlie O” which featured the first lady of the Mavin Dynasty Tiwa Savage turned out to be bigger than the actual song. Both the audio and the video were so good that it topped music video charts and gained massive airplay on radio.
Patoranking’s next big single was a collaboration with Seyi Shay on her single “Murda” on which also featured Shaydee. The song which was produced by ace producer Dokta Frabz and the video directed by Meji Alabi was a very successful single that dominated the Nigerian music scene for a while. 2015, confirmed Patoranking as a chart topper, he released more singles that blew away lovers of music.
“Daniella Whine” debuted at number four on music charts but ended as number one the following month; “My Woman My Everything” which featured the black diamond Wande Coal was a street banger and famous love song that year. After these two singles, even those who doubted and underated Patoranking fell in love with his music.
His most recent video ‘This Kind love’ is currently topping MTV video charts. In January 2016, He was announced as one of the judges in the first edition of the Voice Nigeria, a reality show which is built like ‘The Voice UK”. The show is shot in South Africa and is sponsored by Airtel, a telecommunications company.
Patoranking sits as a judge on the show alongside Timi Dakolo, Waje Iruobe and Tuface Idibia who has been replaced with Yemi Alade in the second season. He released his album “God over everything” in August 2016, the sixteen tracked album featured Phyno, wizkid, sarkodie, Olamide, Elephant Man and Wasiu Ayinde Marshall. The single “No kissing baby” was a hit from the album.
It debuted at number four on billboard reggae albums chart, it was the most anticipated album of 2016 and got very many positive reviews from music critics. Patoranking who obviously has no challenges in dishing out hit singles was able to express reggae music in a very original way that can be likened to Majek Fashek’s.
The album is a meditative and reflective work of art that reflects ghetto life, love, poverty, hope and intimacy by a fusion of different genres of music.
The singer is a regular at Coke studio Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This year 2017,he became the first african artiste to perform at the jamaican reggae concert which is the biggest reggae concert in the world.
Patoranking Songs and Collaborations
Patoranking seems to be a good collabo material as he has been featured in countless songs with other artists. I believe he is the most sought after dancehall reggae act in Nigeria.
He has worked with Becca, wizkid, Timaya, Wande Coal, Reminisce, Stoneboy, Waje, Lil mesh, Mordu, Ball J, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Sarkodie, Olamide, Phyno, Cynthia Morgan, Iyanya, Emma Nyra, Shatta Wale, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall and many others.
His hit songs include Alubarika (2013), Girlie O (2014), Girlie O remix (2014), Daniella Whine (2015), My woman, my everything (2014), No kissing baby (2016), Another level (2015), Make am (2015), Gravity (2013).
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2015: African Artiste of the year.
MTV Base Awards 2015: Best New Act of the year.
Tooxlusive Awards 2015: Best Afro Pop Song of the year.
Ben TV Awards 2015: Best new act of the year, Best collaboration and Best reggae dancehall artist of the year.
The Headies 2014: Next Rated, Best Collaboration and Best Reggae and dancehall artist of the year.
City People Entertainment Awards 2014: Dancehall and Reggae Artistof the year.
Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014: Best new Act of the year.
Afrimma Awards 2005: Best Dancehall artsist of the year
Headies 2015: Best pop song and best reggae and dancehall single Headies 2014: Best collaboration and best Reggae and dancehall act.
Channel O music Awards 2014: Most gifted new comer and most gifted dancehall reggae.
City People Entertainment Awards 2014: Most popular song and best collaboration.
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014: Beat male artist, Best collaboration and best dancehall act.
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