I’ve been laughing out my stomach after I read a post on pulse.ng titled “Dear Tekno, You are still an upcoming artiste, accept the Headies Next Rated award“. The editorial written by Joey Akan described Tekno as arrogant and disrespectful. Well I decided to write a little something about this. It’s pretty brief so please read to the end and tell us your opinion.
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Tekno has been in the game for some years now. He had his major breakthrough in professional music when he released “Holiday” with Davido in 2013. That same year he released “Onye Ne Kwu” which was a cover of the IcePrince hit “Oleku”. On October 5, 2014, he signed a music contract with Made Men Music Group under which he released singles like “Dance” and “Anything” which won him a nomination in the “Best New act of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Tekno also released the hit “Shoki” in that year.
On June 18, 2015, Tekno Miles released a song titled “Duro”. I don’t need to say much about the track because am sure we all can recall the kind of impact it created in the Nigerian music scene. The single was played massively in clubs, weddings, even on the street and was loved by male and female alike. It topped several charts in Nigeria and on the international scene, it peaked at #5 on Capital XTRA’s “Afrobeats Chart: Top 10” for September 2015. In that same year, Tekno still dropped another hit titled “Wash”. In 2016, Tekno has also dropped three tracks – Where, Pana and Diana – of which two are hits already.
Why am I running you through all these details? I just want to clear the air on Tekno being an upcoming artist. This guy is a hitmaker irrespective of the fact that he has no albums yet and we all know that in Nigeria we judge popular artists based on their hits.
When Tekno did not get nominated last year for the Headies Next Rated Act, I saw this coming, I could sense trouble because I knew he would definitely get nominated this year. As an artist with over Five Hit Tracks, he is definitely more rated than Reeky who won the next rated award for last year but has not even got a reasonable number of hits yet. Besides, as at the time Reeky got nominated for the next rated act award, he hadn’t even released an album yet and barely even had hits.
Any human with feelings would react the way Tekno reacted. Yes, I am justifying him for his action. Tekno was even humble enough to delete the post from his Instagram page a few hours after it was published. Cut the guy some slacks, he didn’t say anything against the Headies award, he simply said something in his defence and to boost his celeb morale.
The Positive Side
It goes without saying that Tekno is already the winner in that category. You can see the full list here. Others in this category include: Ycee, Mr Eazi, Humblesmith and Aramide. All these artists are quite popular and sensational but none of them is as promising as Tekno.
Call him stereotyped, upcoming, arrogant, disrespectful, it really doesn’t matter. Tekno is 23 and he’s getting it. He makes us dance and creates awesome tracks. All that’s left now is to await the Headies award night and see if our predictions come true.