Tekno Miles coming to Kenya!

  • Tekno Miles is set to perform live in Nairobi next weekend in a show that will include a host of local
  • This is a profile of the Nigerian star making major inroads internationally
  • Tekno was a 2017 BET awards


Last year, the Nigerian star Tekno heard an instrumental that reminded him of his breakout hit, Duro. Though the producer, Krizbeatz, was planning to send the beat elsewhere, Tekno asked to take a crack at it.

“Then I went upstairs and ate the beat up. The feeling I had when I recorded that? I fell in love with my own song like it wasn’t mine,” the singer recently told a magazine.

Pana, has gone on to entrap other listeners the same way it conquered its creator, accumulating 30 million streams between YouTube and Spotify. Veterans like Trey Songz and Ludacris have posted clips of themselves listening to the song on Instagram, and Pana also caught the attention of Imran Majid, senior vice president of A&R at Columbia, who signed the track and re-released it in December.

Tekno credits Davido with helping him earn recognition in Nigeria by contributing a verse to Holiday, which came out in 2013. (Tekno returned the favour by producing Davido’s most recent single, If) After Davido hopped on the track

— the producer, GospelOnDeBeatz, was a mutual acquaintance

— Tekno released a few more singles before making Duro.

“That was the song that got me a breakthrough. I found my sound: connecting with the ladies. It’s more love songs now than anything else,” he recalls.

Tekno Miles is set to perform live in Nairobi next weekend

A stuttering, melodic throb flows through Duro, carrying Tekno’s promises of eternal affection.

The producer, DJ Coublon, also added walls of synthetic brass and keenly articulated, liquid guitar lines.

“The whole of Africa danced to Duro. I started traveling heavy, my fee went up, more girls, more attention. That was: he’s bad and he’s here to stay,” Tekno declares.

With Pana, a few singles later, Tekno condensed Duro: the instrumental isn’t much more than a shivering guitar and a background riff reminiscent of the primary melody in Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Pt. 2. The drums here chatter rowdily at the end of each line, recalling the light speed hi-hats popular in American rap.

As Columbia works to raise Tekno’s profile in the United States, the singer continues to release hits back home.

“The luxury that we have is his team is so strong in the African market that they can start other records there. For them, Pana is an old record; they go onto the next one. We can focus on Pana,” says Majjid.

This suits Tekno, who has subsequently enjoyed success in Nigeria with Diana and Rara.

The 2017 BET awards nominee was born Augustine Miles Kelechi and is a descent of Ebonyi state but moved around a lot due to the fact that his father was a member of the Nigerian Army. At the age of 8, Tekno Miles was enrolled in a music school where he learnt and mastered the rudiments of playing the piano and guitar.

He began his music career under K Money Entertainment where he released his first single featuring Davido, Holiday. He was later signed to Made Men Music and released singles like Dance and Anything, which won him a nomination with Nigerian Entertainment Awards.


Tekno Miles released a song titled Duro which was positively received in 2015. A remix which featured Phyno and Flavour N’abania was released on November of the same year and premiered in charts in Africa and overseas.

Last year, Tekno was said to be one of Nigeria’s top earners next to Davido, Wizkid and Olamide. This group, together with Tiwa Savage, has also broken into North American markets and exported Nigerian music.

Just last month the singer took to Twitter saying he owns the sound on the industry, as he had produced and written the biggest songs on rotation. A statement that while self-important has some truth to it. Apart from his music, he has also produced music for Davido that is currently the rave of everyone in town.