by Isi Esene
Reggae/dancehall artiste, Patoraking is on the cover of popular culture magazine, Mystreetz.
According to Sesan Adeniji, the publisher of the magazine, “Everything that evolution is all about, is what new generation Dancehall artiste like Patoranking is to the evolution of Reggae/ Dancehall music. Music will continue to evolve with the state of mind of the nation and that of its target audience. The best we can do during this transformation, is to keep in mind the basic elements of the various genre. Anyone that fails to realize this reality will either be left behind disgruntled and dejected. The factors that characterizes and defines Reggae music from the time it was originated, is arguably one of its major Achilles heels from enjoying widespread patronage among the young and new generation audience.’
Reggae music was gradually hitting an all-time low within young generation of music lovers until Dancehall artistes like Patoranking stepped in and rejuvenated the scene just like the artiste Blackky did some years back. The argument will continue to arise about the content of Blackky’s and Patoranking’s music to what Reggae was supposed to be but the truth is this, it’s a changing world. As long as they obey the fundamental structure of this genre, the message will continue to evolve depending on the part of the world they live in and the state of mind of the majority of their audience’.
This edition sheds more light on the battle faced by Reggae/dancehall artiste and how they are gradually winning this fight. Patoranking- the New PosterBoy of Dancehall music.
– Cover photography By August Udoh