Patoranking chats with BlackNBold magazine about his new album named after his daughter ”Wilmer” and his thoughts on fashion and style.
1. How did you come up with your stage name?’
My name is Patrick so Pato was coined from it and Ranking came as the word implies. When you are ranked, it holds relevance. Hence Pato-Ranking.
2. What do you enjoy most about being a musician? and What do you hate most?
Definitely love the creation of the music, how i feel, the freedom, that spiritual saturation of sounds that you might call inspiration.
Hate is a strong word, i think its more of discomfort.
I feel slightly uncomfortable with the lack of privacy but i guess it comes with the job.
3. What has kept you going over the past years?
My hunger to learn, my anticipation to win and my drive to impact.
I represent a whole race, a whole generation and music has given me a voice, there is a responsibility on my shoulders, it is an honour! Also what has kept me going is the Love for what I do and those I do it for.
4. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The mindset that talent is everything and solely needed to be an artist or musician
5. Tell us about the Wilmer album and why did you choose to name this one after your daughter?
Apart from my daughter’s name being Wilmer, Wilmer means “Famous” in German and that is a great follow up to my 1st Album – God over Everything. It summarizes my journey (which isn’t over).
I prophesied in Alubarika, put out a body of work by putting God over Everything and now I’m famous (Wilmer).
6. How was it like working with Alexander Julian on the Lenge Lenge photo shoot?
It was humbling, as you know he is an amazing creative and i love the outcome of our work together.
7. Which is your most favourite track off the Album and what makes it dear to you?
It’s difficult to choose as they are all my faves and they tell different tales that are super dear to me.
My inspiration on this album is far fetched…deeply felt.
8. In the Lenge Lenge video what inspired the afrobeat theme?
Afrobeat is ours and the Late Great Fela inspired it. However with the visuals, it was important to portray that he was (we also are) Afrocentric yet fashionable.
Our fabrics and designs are globally embraced and this song and video was a union of both our sound and style which was part of the uniqueness of Ba ami.
9. Mention that one international collaboration you are still looking forward to and why?
There’s quite a number of them lol. Play my part with securing the bridge that takes Africa to the world.
10. Any music tour to Europe and North America anytime soon?
Definitely! I will be taking the music to the fans across Europe, Canada and the US very soon.
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