The amazingly talented Tekno is a visionary African artist who has won and been nominated for several awards. He is known by many names – Kelechukwu Augustine, Augustine Miles Kelechi, Tekno, Tekno Miles, and The Golden Boy Of Africa. He is from the Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State. He was born in Bauchi State into a family of five boys and one girl. 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.
At the age of 8, Tekno was enrolled in a music school where he learned and mastered the rudiments of playing the piano and guitar. He is the elder brother to “Starboy” label act Spotless. Tekno 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.
In 2012, while in Abuja, Tekno was spotted by renowned Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu at an event, after Tekno had received a standing ovation following the performance of a song titled “Onye Ne Kwu”, his remix of Ice Prince’s “Oleku”. It was at that same event that he met Iyanya and Ubi Franklyn, the manager of Made Men Music Group. Ubi and Iyanya eventually encouraged Tekno to move to Lagos to further his music career.
On October 5, 2013, he signed a recording 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. On June 18, 2015, Tekno released his hit single “Duro” which was positively received both in Africa and in the US. A remix which featured Phyno and Flavour N’abania was released on November 16, 2015. “Duro” was produced by DJ Coublon. It topped several charts in Nigeria and on the international scene, and it peaked at #5 on Capital XTRA’s “Afrobeats Chart: Top 10″ for September 2015. On November 20, 2015, Tekno released a single titled “Wash”. The song was produced by DJ Coublon with the video directed by AJE Filmworks.
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.
In 2019, Tekno featured with several other African all-stars on Beyoncé’s album, “The Lion King: The Gift”, a companion album to the recent Triple A Disney film. Tekno, Yemi Alade, & Mr. Eazi hit it out of the park with “Don’t Jealous Me”. In the same year he signed a non-exclusive agreement with our partner company, Blue Pie Records USA, and Blue Pie Publishing USA.
DJ Central is proud to welcome yet another artist of such esteem. The Blue Pie and DJ Central sync teams will be working with Tekno and his management team to seek out film and tv placements. This is a brilliant opportunity, and will lead to a new golden era for both Tekno and us- the chance to spread some of the greatest music on the planet even further to the audiences that deserve to hear it! But with that said, it’d be pretty hard to have missed a Beyoncé album, especially one that’s a companion album to a recent Triple A Disney film. Africa’s all-stars are featured in the album, and several names jump out just from the tracklist alone!
The Lion King: The Gift Tracklist:
01 Beyoncé – “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé – “Find Your Way Back (Circle Of Life)”
03 Tekno, Yemi Alade, & Mr. Eazi – “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy – “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar – “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé, Jay-Z, & Childish Gambino – “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel, Pharrell, & Beyoncé – “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, Wizkid, & Beyoncé – “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage & Mr. Eazi – “Keys To The Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé – “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé & Shatta Wale – “Already”
12 Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, & Moonchild Sanelly – “My Power”
13 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez – “Scar”
14 Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Tekno has made a pretty big splash, not that he wasn’t big in the African music scene already, and we’re very glad to be working with such an artist. It helps make the music industry that more vibrant and lively, after all! Tekno has won and been nominated for multiple awards, and for good reason.
- At the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, he was nominated for “Best New Act Of The Year”
- At the 2015 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards, “Duro” won the award for “Best Pop Extra Video”
- At the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, “Duro” was nominated for “Hottest Single” and “Best Music Video Of The Year”, and Tekno was nominated for “Afropop Artist of the Year”
- At the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, Tekno won the award for “Best Newe Act”
- At the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, “Pana” was nominated for “African Video of the Year”, “Best African Male Video”, “Best West African Video”, and “Best Afro Pop Video”
- At the 2017 BET Awards, Tekno was nominated for “Best International Act Africa”