The 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria #TheList2016: #2 – Tekno
The 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria #TheList2016 takes into account the hottest names in Nigerian music from the tail-end of 2015 till date. For the rest of the week, we’ll systematically reveal all 10 names on #TheList2016.
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….and we’re into the Big 3!
It says a lot about the year you've had when your first-ever appearance on #TheList is at #2! That's how much success Tekno has enjoyed in the last 12-18 months.
Even though Duro doesn't quite fall into the period we've taken into consideration for #TheList2016, it's a good start to highlight Tekno's rise to the top. The 2015 single "Duro" is, as the saying goes, the straw that broke the camel's back. After several years of experimenting as an up & coming artist, with a few semi-hits here and there, Tekno FINALLY found his sound.
At the tail-end of 2015, Tekno released a follow-up single "Wash", a song that showed "Duro" was no fluke. Then came "Where"; another hit. But fans, critics and doubters still said "he needs one more track to become a bonafide star". Tekno promptly delivered with "Pana".
"Pana" is presently the biggest song in Nigeria, topping the PlayData charts for a record ELEVEN (11) weeks, and counting! It is also the fastest song to hit 1 MILLION Downloads on MyNotjustok.com, doing so in less than 3 months (now over 1.3 MILLION downloads). "Pana" is not only a big tune in Naija; the song has successfully crossed over to other African countries with some of their major acts recording remixes/freestyles. This makes "Pana" a strong contender for Biggest Song of 2016, not just in Nigeria, but Africa as a whole!
As is the norm with all the hottest acts, Tekno has been on tour home and abroad, primarily in Europe, the US (One Africa Music Fest, Houston), and parts of Africa; recently performing in front of 50,000 fans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hopefully, we'll get a debut album from Tekno in 2017, and he may just go one step further on #TheList2017. He's certainly heading in that direction.