Pa­torank­ing has a sur­prise for mu­sic fans at con­cert

Nige­rian star has col­lab­o­rated with Platinum Di­a­monds on new song

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FOR AS long as he can re­mem­ber, Pa­torank­ing was the child who would al­ways try to en­ter­tain peo­ple by singing.

“I also loved play­ing foot­ball; how­ever, as I grew older, my love for mu­sic grew stronger than any­thing else.”

Pa­torank­ing, whose real name is Patrick Nnae­meka Oko­rie, is a pop­u­lar reg­gae dance­hall singer who has col­lab­o­rated with the likes of AKA, Sarkodie, Ele­phant Man, Tiwa Sav­age and Khuli Chana.

He re­leased his de­but al­bum, God Over Ev­ery­thing, last year and re­cently per­formed at the Reg­gae Sum­fest in Ja­maica.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence – be­ing in Ja­maica as the first ever African artist to per­form at the Reg­gae Sum­fest was in­cred­i­ble. I look for­ward to per­form­ing on that stage again.”

His mu­sic has been well re­ceived not only in his home coun­try of Nige­ria, but also in the rest of Africa.

“It has been noth­ing but love, and the Reg­gae Sum­fest is tes­ta­ment to that state­ment. The re­sponse from fans around the world has been pos­i­tive – it’s over­whelm­ing and hum­bling.”

The My Woman, My Ev­ery­thing hit­maker is one of the four mu­sic heavy­weights who will be set­ting the Or­lando Sta­dium in Soweto on fire next month for the Red Bull Cul­ture Clash.

For the Clash, Pa­torank­ing will be bring­ing in his good friends Ma­jor League DJs and Gemini Ma­jor.

“We are work­ing to­gether on some­thing epic. We are put­ting in the work and hours to bring noth­ing but fire on the night. With­out giv­ing away too much, I can say that we have some big and un­pre­dictable sur­prises planned.”

He said he joined the event be­cause he wanted to be part of one of the big­gest mu­sic show­downs.

“In its for­mat, it’s one of the big­gest in the world, and what bet­ter plat­form to show­case my univer­sal sound. It’s not a usual mu­sic con­cert, it’s a bat­tle of epic pro­por­tions with four of the con­ti­nent’s big­gest names go­ing head to head with four dif­fer­ent sounds on four stages, and the crowd de­cides the win­ner. That’s ex­cit­ing to me be­cause I have fans not only in Nige­ria, but also in South Africa.”

The No Kiss­ing Baby star has a new song with Tan­za­nia’s Platinum Di­a­monds com­ing out next month.

“The record has a new sound and I be­lieve mu­sic lovers will love the di­rec­tion it has taken.”

He said the fans should bring all their en­ergy on the night.

“It’s on; you are not ready for what we’re bring­ing to the 2017 Red Bull Cul­ture Clash – South African edi­tion. His­tory is about to be made; watch and learn.”

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from Com­puticket from R150. The Cul­ture Clash will take place on Septem­ber 24.

HIT­MAKER: Pa­torank­ing is work­ing with var­i­ous in­dus­try greats for The Cul­ture Clash con­cert.

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