The standard-bearer for Nigeria’s afrobeat and dancehall vanguard discusses Lagos’ explosive scene.
The eldest of five children, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie grew up in Ilaje, Nigeria, where an early interest in carnival performance helped slingshot his ascent into music. As Patoranking, he’s combined his reverence of Nigerian and Jamaican dancehall with the resurgent popularity of Fuji music, and a healthy dose of afrobeat, to boot. The result? A stellar array of smash hits that have brought him international acclaim, world tours and even a stint as a judge on The Voice Nigeria. On this month’s broadcast, Patoranking sits down to discuss the finer points of Nigeria’s musical mosaic. Plus, the Large takes a special first look at the label’s latest release: Popcaan’s sophomore album, Forever.