Tekno might have been disqualified from the 2016 Headies Artiste of the Year category, but Billboard has recognized his talent by naming him among the 10 hip-hop and R&B artistes to watch in 2017.
The magazine wrote an glowing appraisal for him: ‘Tekno already has a number of hits in Nigeria, and Columbia Records took note, throwing its weight behind this agile, elastic-voiced singer. Tekno’s “Pana,” which has already accumulated more than 13 million views on YouTube and inspired a minor version of a video challenge, is romantic and light on its feet with little more than a nagging guitar line and squirts of bass, everything pegged to a serpentine forward march. There’s clearly a demand in the mainstream for feathery dance cuts like this one: close your eyes and imagine a smart radio programmer cueing this up after Drake‘s “Too Good.’
The other nine artistes on the list are Kehlani, Aminé, YFN Lucci, Leela James, Kodie Shane, Princess Nokia, Guordan Banks, Khalid, and H.E.R.