(Patoranking on the cover of Mystreetz magazine) Photo: Instagram
Reggae and dance-hall star, Patrick Nnaemeka popularly known as Patoranking has earned himself the front cover space of the latest edition of Mystreetz magazine.
The rising star, whose career blossomed with release of his smash hit tune, ‘Alubarika’ featuring Timaya, has enjoyed a fantastic year, winning several awards and headlining major concerts within and outside the country.
Publisher of Mystreetz magazine, Sesan Adeniji, speaking about the new edition and the positioning of the dance hall act on the magazine’s cover, said: ‘Everything that evolution is all about, is what new generation Dancehall artiste like Patoranking is to the evolution of Reggae/ Dancehall music. Music will continue to evolve with the state of mind of the nation and that of its target audience. The best we can do during this transformation, is to keep in mind the basic elements of the various genre. Anyone that fails to realize this reality will either be left behind disgruntled and dejected. The factors that characterizes and defines Reggae music from the time it was originated, is arguably one of its major Achilles heels from enjoying widespread patronage among the young and new generation audience.’
He added that ‘Reggae music was gradually hitting an all-time low within young generation of music lovers until Dancehall artistes like Patoranking stepped in and rejuvenated the scene just like the artiste Blackky did some years back. The argument will continue to arise about the content of Blackky’s and Patoranking’s music to what Reggae was supposed to be but the truth is this, it’s a changing world. As long as they obey the fundamental structure of this genre, the message will continue to evolve depending on the part of the world they live in and the state of mind of the majority of their audience.’