There are only a few artistes who can shut it down on a cold Harmattan night concert in Sabon Gari, Kano.
These set of folks with this supernatural power are the elite of the nation, the cream of the crop, the Holy Grails of entertainment, who command the highest fees and pack most halls full with paying fans and more.
Within that crop of stars, they are divided into two sets; the older musicians who have delivered consistently within the past 5 years and before, stayed relevant, and have a solid discography to back them up. They include Psquare, 2face Idibia, D’banj, Wizkid, Iyanya, M.I Abaga, Ice Prince, Davido, Flavour, Timaya, Tiwa Savage, and more. Then there are the second set. The young ones who are currently tearing down barriers and setting up signposts with their names in music.
Patoranking, Kiss Daniel, Reekado Banks & Tekno are in this group; relatively young artistes who broke through in 2014 and 2016 (success wise), who are actively being judged
and kept relevant, primarily on the strength of their next release, and partly kept up by the previous ones. There songs are few, their names are being sung in the moment, but turn off their music, and they might just not stick in your head.
Based on this, this quadruple of artistes have stayed active, working through the industry, and feeding fans with new music. Their successes and content-victories are well- documented, their digital numbers look good, and on social media, they are well vested into connecting with internet-
In 2016 Kiss Daniel and Patoranking have albums out. The former launched in a new era with his meta-titled debut project “New Era”, while Pato is currently travelling between continents, celebrating “God Over Everything” LP.
But despite these accomplishments, Tekno is pushing through the country with his singles and building his celebrity. Loving Tekno is easy. He makes it simple for everyone to fall in love with not just his music, but also his celebrity. His lifestyle is a cross of D’banj and an Ice Prince, as he alternates between classy and flashy. There’s also humor too, adding another element to his act.
Then there’s his boyish handsomeness. Yes, he is handsome.
However, it is his music that placed him on course to be the MVP of 2016. Last year, Tekno’s ‘Duro’ and ‘Wash’ were more than songs. They became a state of mind in romance, as relationships and marriages depended on the delightful melody, and the nonsensical pleasing lyrics to savour moments. Lines like “Your beauty done make me realise, say NEPA don bring light”, and “If you like to watch movies, na me get Shoprite”, resonated deeply with lovers. Truly, that buzz is yet to die.
2016 has had him fire some more, giving us more hits, as ‘Where’ has achieved acceptance. His second single ‘Pana’ is exploding and spreading like wildfire. The song has caught on in the East, the West are on it, and in street corners & clubs, Pana is making a surge through. A video has been
released which features Clarence Peters.
On that Clarence Peters-visual, Tekno takes viewers on a sensual and colourful journey through love, dances, suave looks, self-expression, isolation, happiness and romance.
There are Mandarin scribblings all over the video, and a tremendous amount of the lead model in a bath. She rubs herself, blows kisses, bends in sexy ways, and makes out with Tekno (in silhouette).
‘Pana’ has already been gathering statistical wins, displacing Phyno’s ‘Fada fada’ as the most played single in the country, according to data by tracking app, Playydata. If the influence of this single hits its zenith, perhaps then the conversation would be different. Tekno already has the style, the skill, and the resources to grow beyond what he is. His singles are national hit songs, accelerating his growth as an artiste. He just might be 2016’s MVP if he adds an album to his momentum, & perhaps continue to shut down concerts on a cold Harmattan night in Birnin-Kebbi.