BY KUNLE SOLAJA
Nigeria’s football team may be absent at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but the country’s flag will be raised by reggae-dancehall singer, Patoranking whose real name is Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie.
He is due to perform on 28 November. Patoranking joins the growing field of celebrity artists that include Julian Marley, the son lf legendary Bob Marley. The Jamaican will lead the band – The Uprising which will be performing on 8 December.
Also lined up are DJ Aseel on 2 December, French rapper Gims on 3 December, the Miami Band on 6 December, Myrath on 9 December, Egypt’s Hassan Shakosh on 12 December and Clean Bandit on 16 December.
Patoranking, was raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town of Lagos, but he hails from Onicha, Ebonyi State.
He started his music career doing underground collaborations and signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika”. In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released “Girlie O”, a single that put him in the limelight. On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced on Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records.
On 28 September 2020, Patoranking released a song titled Abule which he released ahead of his album scheduled to be released later in 2020. He said in 2020 that he got inspiration for the song while playing football. Patoranking today is one of the most influential African musicians and one of the most sought after Dancehall acts with an explosive live show.