Patoranking: King Of The Abule

Patoranking has been one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports for the past few years. Blending the widely travelled dancehall sound with our local pop elements and maintaining enviable stagecraft has placed him as one of the most sought after performers across the continent. And just a few days ago, Patoranking was live at the studio PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan  to discuss his new album “Three” which he revealed stands as a celebration of three albums he has out there into the world.

However, before getting right into dissecting the album, he touched on his message-driven record ‘Heal D World’ which was released back in 2018. This is a record that alongside its highly cinematic video, provided insightful social commentary and called on humanity to put sentiments and biases aside and work together to get the world moving to a postion of peace. When discussing the drive behind that record, he expressed that “We need to sanitize the land with love… if I can speak for the people musically, why won’t I?”

He then discusses the juice behind the lead single for the new album ‘Abule’ which also happens to be a fan-favourite cut, already topping several charts across several DSPs. This is a record that finds Patoranking going back to where he began, celebrating his roots and humble beginnings. “I’m proud to be from my abule, because to have made it coming from there it’s only by God’s grace. It’s made me who I am today and it’s part of my story. So I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto,” he told Ebro Darden in an interview on Beats1 Radio.

On the PGM Radio, he revealed the exact reason why he had that tune recorded and released.  ‘Abule’ which directly translates to village or hood was Patoranking basically documenting the party life and the rave in the ghetto. 

It’s a known fact that he has never been one to shy away from his humble beginnings, as he has taken every opportunity to let people know where he comes fro. Patoranking’s grace-to-grace story is one of defiance, and he has also used his music as a major tool for documenting this come-up story, a linear but progressive one he has told from the Timaya-assisted ‘Alubarika’.  When quizzed about the mentality that got him out of the trenches to the limelight, he credited it to his ability to dream beyond his present circumstances as well as his mind which is always open to learning. 

He also touched on ‘Brrr’ which is a high-octane dancehall riddim which is inspired by hypemen, MCs, DJs as well as the energy and vibes they bring to the dancefloor. He also did the record justice, giving us a mini live performance at the studio. On ‘Black Girl Magic’, Patoranking does his best to celebrate black women across the continent and all over the world, shedding light on their struggles.

The discuss was wrapped up with Patornaking expressing how grateful he is to be tapped by the Marley family for the remix of one of Bob Marley’s classics ‘One Love’, a record he loves dearly and has performed severally on his sets. 

You can check out the video of the interview above.  


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