Patoranking Announces New Album Titled ‘Three’

Article by Oliver Nash
Posted: August 05, 2020  

Nigerian afro-dancehall superstar Patoranking announces his third album, “Three”, arriving August 28th,2020 via his own Amari Musiq imprint and US-based indie powerhouse, Empire. The project’s lead single “Abule” — a celebration of his Lagos neighborhood, Ebute Metta, and of hoods worldwide — is out now via all DSPs.

As one of Africa’s contemporary and most multifaceted artists, the international reggae star has seen some of his dancehall anthems “Daniella Whine” and “Suh Different” resonating across the globe. At the same time, his Afropop collaborations with Tiwa Savage (“Girlie O”), Wande Coal (“My Woman, My Everything”) and Diamond Platinumz (“Love You Die”) have made him a continental icon. He has extended his influence into North America through partnerships with U.S. labels Empire and VP Records, and touring with hip-hop/soul icon Lauryn Hill. All told, his tracks have generated more than 250 million views on YouTube and over 160 million streams across major DSPs.

From “Odo Bra” with Ghanaian highlife star King Promise to “Whine It” with Kenya’s Sauti Sol, there’s no shortage of musical diversity on Three. The project delivers a heavyweight slice of conscious reggae on “Lion in the Jungle” while the tender “Matter” sees Pato reconnect with Tiwa on another collab.

Three is a strong number,” the Nigerian star says of the album title’s significance. “It stands for how I see language. In making the album, we tried to look at love, life and happiness. If you are listening to any of the tracks, even if it is a dance track, I want you to feel love.

The release of “Abule” will be supported by several digital initiatives, and a music video dropping today (August 5), all with the theme of representing and protecting your hood. “I’m proud to be from my abule [Hood], Ebute Metta, because to have made it coming from there it’s only by God’s grace,” says Patoranking. “It’s made me who I am today and it’s part of my story. So, I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto.”

Listen to “Abule” audio on YouTube


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