“Say alubarika alubarika/from Lagos down to America… your blessings all I see…ye.” It’s been 3 years since Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie gained prominence music wise in Nigeria with his reggae & dancehall tune “Alubarika”.
Exactly 5 days away from the official release of his debut album GOD OVER EVERYTHING #GOE. Patoranking – the 2014 headies next rated winner – has gone to be one of Nigeria’s finest contemporary reggae-dancehall artiste. Both fans and cynics are on the lookout for his GOE debut album.
Patoranking happens to be a judge on music reality show The Voice Nigeria, ironically his GOE album will be subjected to many appraisals. These 6 things will trump the list of parameters used to rate his debut album.
Yes, it’s easy to perform well on a single as opposed to a full body of work – in this case a 16 track LP. Patoranking has excelled on his earlier singles from “Alubarika” to his most recent “No Kissing Baby”. We will be looking out to see how graceful he will journey from track 1 on the album down to 16.
An International Break Out Song
Now artistes, Nigerians especially, are on the craze of pushing beyond international barriers. It will only gladden our hearts if Patoranking has a least one of such international break through singles on GOE. It is not too much to ask for, is it?
Something More Jovial In Content But Striking
I am not advocating for “Kpangolo music” per se, but the point here is a very subtle way of passing good inspiration to Nigerians without overly being serious. Nobody wants to buy a 16 track litany. The economy is already enough trouble, we just want a stress relieve strung with good takeaways when listening to the album.
Lyrics! Lyrics!! Lyrics!!!
Being a judge on a reality music show buttresses musical depth and musicianship. That being said, we will be on the lookout for lyrics worthy of a maestro. We wouldn’t want to hear lyrics that will leave us wanting more, or worse crying out “what is this again!” Lyrics should be relatable and original in delivery.
Who Do This Beat?
Okay, according to the GOE track list, there are 16 songs and 10 producers. That means a lot of variety, hopefully the album will not be boring. We hope to hear new and lovable sounds. Sarz, Wizzypro, Gospelonthebeatz, etc., are ace producers, GOE should be something that will be worth listening.
Who’s Featured On The Album?
There are 6 tracks with 7 featured artistes, from certified hit makers Wizkid, Olamide, Phyno to non-Nigerian music acts Sarkodie, Elephant Man and Konshens. Patoranking has 10 tracks he will do justice to all by himself, so the album is really about himself with little support from featured artistes. My thought here is very simple; Patoranking is confident and believes he can deliver the bounty to music lovers.