Mr. Eazi’s assertion that Nigerian artistes use Ghanaian sound or slang to help them score a radio hit is “wrong,” says Nigerian Dancehall artiste, Patoranking.
The ‘No Kissing‘ act believes the “cultural exchange” between the West African countries is to the benefit of artistes from both countries.
“We have been having this cultural exchange with Ghana way back since the time Tuface sang ‘My love’ which featured VIP from Ghana. Tic Tac and Tony Tetuila sang ‘Fefe ne efe.’ The musical cultural exchange between Nigeria and Ghana has been going on even before I finished secondary school.” explains Patoranking in an interview with Coll FM in Lagos, Nigeria.
“It is false for Mr. Eazi to say he started that style of music because he did not help me sing my hit song, ‘My Woman.’ I did it myself and the song is a global hit song. It is the biggest afrobeat song in the Caribbean. I do not agree with his statement. It is wrong.”
He also claimed that the Nigerian music market helps with the growth of artistes compared to that of Ghana.
“Nigerians are very powerful people and if they like your song, you are likely to be a success in Africa. There was a point in my life that I travelled to Ghana in search of greener pastures but I ended up trekking and sleeping on the streets. I decided to come back to Nigeria. Then I released ‘Alubarika’ and ‘Girlie O.’ Both songs were a hit and in no time, I was invited to perform in Ghana, Kumasi Stadium to be precise. When they came to pick me, I counted the number of cars and it was 13. I was very surprised but was grateful to God.”