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Patoranking Is a New Man On 'Wilmer'

INTERVIEW: The afro-fusion musician speaks about his humble past, the struggle to rise above poverty, and how his daughter inspired his album Wilmer.

Watching Patoranking glide through his album listening in his all-black ensemble, you'd nurse the impression that this is a man who has just won the lottery. His smile is a wide curve punctuated by periodic deep laughter mined from his belly. When he poses for a shared photo, he throws his arms around the closest person and whispers into their ear. And as a record from his new album Wilmer comes on, you see him sing along, waving his arms up to connect with the music. His music. His sweat. His vision. His life.

This is a celebration for Patoranking. The DJ kept the playlist hovering around Caribbean sounds, the food was inspired by Jamaica, and alcohol flowed like it came from a spring situated in a corner of the room. All around, the venue was packed with hobnobbing celebrities, businessmen and key players from the Lagos music industry. Everyone who mattered in the city was in the room as cameras clicked away.

This wasn't exactly how Patoranking imagined it. He says he wanted a mini-gathering of stakeholders, but "when I got there I was just like "oh my goodness, this is a party. Okay, let's turn it into a party. Let's just party." And that's what everyone did.

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Watch Fik Fameica and Patoranking's New Music Video for 'Omu Bwati'

This dancehall-infused jam will have you whining that waist.

Ugandan rapper Fik Fameica teamed up with Nigerian artist Patoranking to bring us the infectious track "Omu Bwati" which translates to "in particular" a few weeks ago. Now the duo have dropped the music video for the C-Tea Beat-produced track and it's all thumbs up from our side.

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Rudeboy Shares New Single 'Together' Featuring Patoranking

The former P-Square member teams up with Patoranking for a dancehall-infused jam.

Paul Okoye (aka Rudeboy) has been doing his thing on the solo side of things since his split last year with his brother and musical partner Peter Okoye—the other half of their band P-Square.

Rudeboy returns with a another single, this time enlisting the help of fellow Nigerian artist Patoranking, for the dancehall-infused "Together," that sees the Rudeboy singing passionately about an everlasting love. "Anyhow wey you like make e be/We go stay together, forever," he sings.

Patoranking joins him for the energetic music video, which features them performing and serenading their love interests. Rudeboy also provides some energetic dance numbers throughout the video.

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