Tekno (musician)

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Tekno
Birth nameAugustine Miles Kelechi
Also known as
  • Golden Boy of Africa
  • Slim Daddy
  • Alhaji Tekno
Born (1992-12-17) December 17, 1992 (age 27)
Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
Years active2012–present
Labels
  • Made Men Music Group
  • K-Money Entertainment
Associated acts

Augustine Miles Kelechi (born (1992-12-17)December 17, 1992), popularly known as Tekno, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.[1]

Background and early life[edit]

Kelechi is from Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.[2] He was born in Bauchi State into a family of six — five boys and one girl.[3] He was raised in several parts of the country including Nassarawa, Kaduna and Abuja due to the fact that his father was a member of the Nigerian Army.[4] At the age of 8, Tekno Miles was enrolled in a music school where he learned and mastered the rudiments of playing the piano and guitar.[4] He is the elder brother to Starboy label act Spotless.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Tekno Miles was first signed under K-Money Entertainment. His first single titled "Holiday", was released under the imprint. With featured vocals from Davido, "Holiday" was positively accepted and gained massive airplay.[6]

In 2012, Tekno Miles was spotted by renowned Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu at an event in Abuja, after Tekno Miles received a standing ovation following the performance of a song titled "Onye Ne Kwu", his remix of Ice Prince's "Oleku". It was at the same event he met Iyanya and Ubi Franklyn, the manager of Made Men Music Group and they became friends. Ubi and Iyanya eventually encouraged Tekno Miles to move to Lagos to further his music career[4]

On October 5, 2013, he signed a recording contract with Made Men Music Group,[7] under which he released singles like "Dance" and "Anything". These singles earner him a nomination in the "Best New act of the Year" category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[8] On June 18, 2015, Tekno Miles released his hit single titled "Duro", which was produced by DJ Coublon. "Duro" was positively received both in Africa and in the US.[9] A remix which featured Phyno and Flavour N'abania was released on November 16, 2015.[10][11] It topped several charts in Nigeria and on the international scene, it peaked at number 5 on Capital XTRA's Afrobeats Chart: Top 10 for September 2015.[12] On November 20, 2015, Tekno Miles released a single titled "Wash". The song was produced by DJ Coublon with the video directed by AJE Filmworks.[13]

In June 2018, Tekno signed a distribution deal with Universal Music Group Nigeria (UMGN), a division of Universal Music Group in charge of West Africa, as well as the UK-based Island Records.[14] In July 2019, Tekno was featured on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack on the song "Don't Jealous Me".[15]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist
Year Title Album
2013 "Holiday" Non-album single
"Onye Ne Kwu"(featuring Ice Prince)
2014 "Dance"
"Shoki"(featuring B-Red)
"Go Low"
"Mess"
"Zima"
"Jonzing"
"Anything"
2015 "Duro"
"Maria"
"Wash"
2016 "Where"
"Pana"
"Rara"
2017 "Yawa"
"Be"
"Samantha"
"Go"
"Mama"(featuring Wizkid)
"Only One"
2018 "Your Luv"
"Jogodo"
"Choko"
2019 "Woman"
"Body"(featuring Kizz Daniel)
"Uptempo"
"Skeletun"
"Agege"(featuring Zlatan Ibile)
2020 "Beh Beh"(featuring Masterkraft)
"Kata" [16]

Records produced[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 "Show" (Victoria Kimani) Non-album single
2015 "Feeling You" (Rima featuring Tekno)
"Pray For You" (Lynxxx featuring Tekno)
"Boss" (Ice Prince) Jos to the World
2016 "Last Station" (Stonebwoy featuring Tekno) Non-album single
2017 "If" (Davido) A Good Time
"Catch You" (Flavour) Ijele the Traveler
"Silika" (Madee featuring Tekno) Non-album single
"Go" (Tekno)
"Green Light" (DJ Cuppy featuring Tekno)
2018 "Jogodo"
2019 "Agege" (featuring Zlatan Ibile)
"Won't Be Late" (Swae Lee featuring Drake) TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of The Year Himself Nominated [17]
2015 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Pop Extra Video "Duro" Won [18]
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single Nominated [19]
Best Music Video of the Year Nominated [19]
Afropop Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [19]
2016 MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Best New Act Himself Won [20]
WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards African Video of the Year

Best African Male Video

Best West African Video

Best Afro Pop Video

Pana Nominated [21]
2017 BET Award 2017 Best International Act Africa Himself Nominated [22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fayemi, Daniel (9 November 2013). "I snubbed Jim Iyke, others to join Iyanya's Triple MG, TEKNO reveals". Ecomium Weekly. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ "TOP NIGERIAN MUSICIANS FROM EBONYI Online Dailies". 4 November 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ O.S, Sherif (12 June 2016). "Tekno Miles Biography Net worth Age Date of Birth". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Okafor, Onnaedo (23 October 2014). "Tekno Miles: 10 Minutes With The 'Dance' Crooner". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Meet Spotless, Tekno's younger brother who avoids him because of his success". www.pulse.ng. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  6. ^ "PREMIERE: Tekno ft Davido – Holiday (Prod by Gospel)". NotJustOk. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Made Men Music Group Officially Sign Tekno On His Birthday". Information Nigeria. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Will Tekno Be the Next Nigerian Pop Star to Break In North America?". billboard.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  10. ^ "REVIEW: Wizkid – Final (Baba Nla) + Tekno – Duro (Remix) ft. Flavour & Phyno". Video Wheels. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Song Review: Tekno – Duro". Infolited. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Afrobeats Chart: Top 10 (September 2015)". Capital XTRA. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  13. ^ "VIDEO: Tekno – Wash". tooXclusive. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Tekno signs deal with Universal Music Group, Island Records". premiumtimesng.com. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Beyoncé: THE LION KING: THE GIFT (2019)". Beyonce.com. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Naijapals (2020-04-06). "Tekno (Prod. By Phantom) - Kata (With Lyrics)". Naijapals : Nigerian Music. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  17. ^ Deolu (2014-09-03). "Full List Of Winners For The Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  18. ^ Adedayo Showemimo (13 September 2016). "1 year after, NMVA announce 2015 winners". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  19. ^ a b c "Nominations are Here! Find out who Made the 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards Nominees List". BellaNaija. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  20. ^ Alyssa Klein (22 October 2016). "The Full List of MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Winners". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  21. ^ Mawuli, David. "WAMVA 2016: Bisa Kdei, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Wizkid, Flavour, others nominated". pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  22. ^ "BET Awards 2017: Complete List of Nominees and Winners". Us Weekly. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2019-09-06.