NIGERIAN reggae act, Patoranking dropped a bombshell last week revealing that he would have become a criminal but for music.
The reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter made this revelation while, speaking at a mediabriefing organised by MTV Base.
According to him, music saved him from becoming a criminal, ‘The slum is not a place that gives many options.
“There, it was either you make it the right way or the crime way but I chose music and it has worked for me’ he said.
He also expressed his appreciation to MTV Base for making him the Artiste of the Month and for helping him secure the partnership deal with international reggae music label, VP Records which he describes as one of the high points of his musical career.
‘As many of you know, VP Records is one of the biggest record labels in New York so being signed under that label is a big deal for me which is why I am grateful to MTV Base.”
As regards his debut album, he disclosed that plans are in top gear to ensure that he releases an album later this year, in addition to featuring International reggae artistes like Beenie Man and Sean Paul, ‘There are plans for the album to be released soon. Hopefully, later in the year’
Head of Marketing and Communications, VIMN Africa, Colette Otusheso added that the reason behind the press soiree is to create an avenue for journalists to meet with and get to understand music artistes better.
“With MTV Base Artiste of the Month, we provide a platform for some of our favourite artistes to get up, close and personal with fans and the media and this month we are excited about the talented reggae musician, Patoranking being our artiste of the month”