Patoranking cites Blakk Rasta, Taxi Driver radio show as inspiration
Nigerian music star Patoranking cited Blakk Rasta and his Taxi Driver radio show as one of the inspirations behind his choice to make reggae/dancehall music.
The other is on Ghana’s vibrant reggae/dancehall scene.
The serial hitmaker was a guest on Accra-based Hitz FM on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, when he said this.
He started by telling Andy Dosty from Hitz FM about his humble beginnings and how he decided to make music.
It all started in the streets of Osu which became his home when he “was 17, 18”.
“From Container to Papaya to Towers, those were my zones. Maybe if I want to go further, we’ll go to Blue Gate in the evening,” Patoranking said.
Despite the difficult circumstances he was living in in Ghana, he explained that he was depressed “because I saw people going through the same thing, you know”.
“I was on the streets homeless for a very long time, but to continue doing what I knew would really change my life,” the Nigerian said, adding that he was “trying to make music as well.”
“And you know, the reggae/dancehall culture in Ghana is huge, it’s a part I chose,” with his hands he demonstrated his effort to master the musical style and revealed an inspiration: “Thanks to Blakk Rasta [and his show] Taxi driver. I was glued to it [radio] program.”
Blakk Rasta is a renowned reggae/dancehall artist and radio personality who currently hosts his show Taxi Driver on Class Media Group’s Class 91.3 FM.
“Thank you to PY, Bless the Mic, for the countless opportunities,” he also added.
“It was like the times I listened to music [and] make music too,” the multi-award-winning singer noted.
The ‘No Kissing Baby’ hitmaker revealed earlier that he originally came to Ghana to pursue higher education at the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.
However, due to insufficient funds from his supplier and father, he had to resign himself to street life in Ghana’s capital, Accra, including “the one thing I know how to do that can actually change the face of my family, the music.”
Patoranking is currently touring Ghana promoting his new single titled “Kolo Kolo” which features Tanzanian music star Diamond Platnumz.