Nigerian reggae/dancehall singer and songwriter, Partrick Nnaemeka Okorie better know by his stage name Patoranking has revealed how he almost gave up on his music career but for his hit song “Alubarika”. The singer could not hit the limelight even after releasing his five singles, “So nice”, “Upin the club”, “Iya Bisi”, “Tonight” and “Park well”, under K-Solo’s Igberaga Records. He was almost at the verge of giving up when he released his smash song, “Alubarika” featuring Timaya. The song brought him to fame and fortune.
In a chat with Showtime, the “Lenge Lenge” coroner who is set to release his second album, “Wilmer” narrated how Alubarika changes his life as a passionate musician who was hellbent on succeeding at all cost.
In his words;
“Alubarika made me even more challenged to succeed. It made me hungry to be better and curious to learn the things I needed to be the best I can be”.
According to him, before releasing ‘Alubarika’ he almost gave up hope, but because he was determined to succeed, he pushed harder. “There were moments I was tempted to quit but they were brief because I focused more on the possibilities than the reasons I should quit. I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life and I was bent on succeeding at it”.
The singer also added that the time stardom crept in, he was expecting it. “Yes, I expected it because I had not only prayed about it. I realized that through my lyrics, I had spoken it into existence”, he said.
It is worthy to note that Patoranking hails from Onicha Local Government Area in Ebonyi State. He started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone. In 2010, he signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika”.
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