• Tekno Returns As An A-Lister
• Will Tekno Go To War Or Create A New Kingdom
• 101FACT Top 20 Artistes in 2020
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Slim daddy has made a successful comeback to the music scene which he dominated in 2016 with the release of his global hit Pana.
The former Made Men Music Group signee who begun his climb on the charts with his duet ‘Holiday’ with Davido in 2013 has witnessed a progressive trajectory in his career as an artiste and a music producer over the years.
Before the eventual release of his Krizbeatz-produced smash Pana, Tekno ruled the airways with numerous hit songs.
And stole our hearts with his amusing visuals. His playful wordplay on Duro;
I would show you love that you never seen
And you the mother of my two babyBaby kpalanga
And if we like we make them three babyBaby kpalanga
I will love you forever Oh nana, duro”
..and ‘Wash’ were considered masterpieces for their cunning lyricism and fluid delivery.
But it was the track Pana that confirmed his superstar status among his peers.
Upon the release of the song, which threw Runtown’ No. 1 single ‘Mad Over You’ off its peak position, Tekno immediately enlisted as an A-list artiste just behind Wizkid and Davido.
No wonder the gigs, international record label and endorsement deals.
He continued to make music that resonated with the masses and thereby protecting his estate at the highly coveted No. 3 spot.
At the time when emerging talents like Mr. Eazi, Falz, Kizz Daniel and Patoranking were on a roll, Tekno was still at a comfortable climb far beyond their reach.
The following year, he dropped a Mastercraft-produced hit ‘Yawa’. And also released the visuals for Rara – another monster.
The biggest song out of Africa for the year 2017 ‘If’ by Davido was produced by Tekno. Another feather to his hat.
In the same year, DJ Cuppy teamed up with him for her most commercially successful single yet ‘Green Light’, the song featured Tekno as a singer and producer. Again, a no brainer!
Tekno literally had worn out his break pads at this point and was on a rollercoaster.
The year 2018 saw Tekno focus more on his skill as a music producer. He produced most of his own singles, had a good run but halfway, lost a lot of steam generated in 2016. For this reason, although his singles were great, they didn’t make the expected general impact his previous songs had.
In 2019, he granted an interview with radio host Daddy Freeze, where he revealed his battles with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and going through Esophagogastric dissociation surgery and ending up broke in 2018.
With his health back and his time at Triple MG expired, Tekno set up his own label ‘Cartel’ from which he dropped his comeback hit ‘Agege’ with Zlatan in 2019.
The music video of the song was directed by prolific cinematographer TG Omori. The controversy the video fumed on social media was enough to put Tekno back in the music conversation as a relevant subject.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Tekno dished out yet another banger Skeletun.As if that didn’t cause enough reckage, he unleashed ‘Suru’ another feel-good-vibe that’s currently buzzing on air.
With these buzzing tunes and smoking hot visuals, Tekno has indeed regained his crown as an A-lister. And it’s almost as if he never left. Welcome back bro!
But In the music industry, wearing a crown doesn’t necessarily mean you have assumed your role on the throne.
Just as being called veteran doesn’t make you a relevant figure in the entertainment industry.
Infact, many avoid the label because it’s almost a second name for extinct in Nigeria.
Back to the matter at hand, while Tekno was away and finding his path back to us, we experienced a new tribe of splendid artistry from existing and new acts like Duncan Mighty, Small doctor, Teni, Zlatan, Simi, Mr. Eazi, Adekunle Gold, Falz, Naira Marley and faves Phyno, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Yemi Alade, Olamide and Wizkid.
Let’s not include the 2019 youngster just yet.
As if that list wasn’t daunting enough to offset slim daddy, the underdog, Burna Boy became an insurmountable force and an awe within a short 2-year span. Needless to mention his achievements and mind numbbing numbers.
The current conversation is not about Tekno’ resurgence or compelling musical abilities, but, the throne he left empty has been occupied by a new King, Oluwa Burna.
So while it is yet true that Tekno is now an A-list artiste, he’s no longer at the No. 3 spot he once was in 2016 and 2017.
101FACT TOP 20 ARTISTES IN 2020
- Burna Boy
- Tiwa Savage
- Yemi Alade
- Mr. Eazi
- Kizz Daniel
- Naira Marley
Here, I outlined a few steps Tekno can apply to get back his throne, dethrone the current ruler or build a new Kingdom all together for himself.
1. Get A Seasoned Manager”
Guys pls I need a manager. I’m tired of this solo shit. pls, I need someone that knows what to do with me. Na music I sabi”
In November 2019, Tekno posted the outcry on his Instagram page. It’s a good thing he realises the value of a manager.
Davido is rumoured to have the best team for an artiste in Nigeria. And his manager Asa Asika is one of the most important member of that reliable team.
2. Set Up A Band
A band would improve his skill as a stage performer.And greatly increase his booking fees.Constant rehearsal with his band would also create an environment to make great music all year round.
Although at the moment, only artistes who have performed internationally really understand the value of a band. Others depend solely on a Dj to handle their sound while they sing over the music and vibe at gigs.One of the key differences between A-listers and B or C-listers.
3. Drop 3 Projects Before 2022
While a new artiste like Rema has released 3 projects in 6 months, Tekno has no body of work yet after 7 years of hit making and teasing.
It is for this same reason he felt slighted when The Headies Awards nominated him in the Next Rated category (although he met the criteria for inclusion) in 2016.
4. Headline His Own Concerts In Nigeria
One key factor that distinguishs the Mayor of Lagos from Kizz Daniel is the number of shows he has headlined since the start of his career.
With Kizz Daniel now headlining his own shows within and outside the country, his rating is bound to surpass Mayorkun’ in the next 21-month calender.
5. Tour The U.S & U.K
Playing local has undermined the impact of Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Phyno, Reminisce, Simi and others.If Tekno intends to maintain the A-list rating, he must attend to the needs of his international audience.
This is where Mr. Eazi got it right. Smart move man!
6. Secure International Collaborations
Not until the international community began vibing to Burna Boy, did Nigerians and Africa realise the Giant they had been sleeping on.
Our system has not been properly structured to compute numbers as it is in the West.So, exploiting the structure they have built is one way to expand your territory as an artiste from here.
Why do you think it is not Yemi Alade at No. 4?
7. Release A Collaborative Project With A Producer or an Artiste (Local or International)
Not so many Nigerian artistes have employed this approach but whenever it happens, the result is deafening.
Look at the Chemistry that existed between Falz and Simi.Weren’t we all in Trobol after Sarz and Wurld collided?The 2 Kings, Olamide and Phyno reigned indeed in 2015.Hasn’t Soundman displaced the sound god with only an EP?
I believe this has to be my lenghtiest article yet. And I have good reasons to make it so.Enough Said!