Patoranking roots for local artistes

PATORANKING (left) performing alongside Roberto at the Mosi Day of Thunder in Livingstone last week. PICTURE: NDANGWA MWITTAH

NIGERIAN reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter Patoranking has called on Zambians to begin to appreciate local artistes if they are to penetrate the international scene.Patoranking said he never knew who Roberto was when he first heard the song Amarula but fell in love with it.
Answering questions from the media at a briefing he had at Victoria Falls here, shortly after arriving in the tourist capital for his performance at the Zambian Breweries sponsored Mosi Day of Thunder music festival, Patoranking said Zambian music has the potential to crossborders.
He said the reason why the Nigerian entertainment industry is thriving is because of its huge population and if replicated, Zambia despite having a much smaller population, can achieve a lot.
“Our population is playing a major role in that regard. You cannot compare a country that has 16 million people with Nigeria, a country that has over 164 million people. So, the population has played a huge role, but that is not to mean it cannot be done here,” he said.
He added, “I love Zambian people and I want Zambians to love their own also. I don’t want to be cooler than anyone,” he said.
Naming Slap D and Roberto, Patoranking, born Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, said he listens to a lot of Zambian music.
“I listen to a lot of African music and I must say that Zambia has a lot of talent. Big up to Slap D, and to my brother Roberto. There are so many people I listen to and the music here is different but good and I love it,” he said.
On working with Roberto, Patoranking said: “The moment I listened Amarula, I was in love. I was like who is this? I loved the song. The first time I heard it, I loved the song and the moment I reached out to them, it was nice working with him on the song. Amarula was a big record.”

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