Augustine Miles Kelechi (born December 17, 1992) popularly known by his stage name Tekno, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, producer, performer and dancer. He is from Ebonyi State.

Early life

Kelechi is from Ebonyi State . He was born in Bauchi State into a family of 5 boys and 1 girl. He grew up 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 Miles was enrolled in a music school where he learnt and mastered the rudiments of playing the piano and guitar.

Career

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.

In 2012 while in Abuja, Tekno Miles was spotted by renowned Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu at an event 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 who he became friends with. Ubi and Iyanya eventually encouraged Tekno Miles to move to Lagos to further his music career.

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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 Miles released his hit single titled “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, it peaked at #5 on Capital XTRA’s “Afrobeats Chart: Top 10” for September 2015. 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.

Discography

Singles

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” TBA
“Maria”
“Wash”
2016 “Where” Non-Album single
“Pana”
“Rara”
2017 “Yawa” Non-Album single
“Be”
“Samantha”
“Go”
“Mama” (featuring Wizkid)
“Only One”
2018 “Your Luv” Non-Album single
“Jogodo”
“Choko” Non-Album Single
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Records produced

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)
TBA
“Catch You” (Flavour)
Ijele – The Traveler
“Silika” (Madee featuring Tekno)
Non-Album single
“Go”(Tekno)
“Green Light” (DJ Cuppy featuring Tekno)
2018 “Jogodo”

Notable awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of The Year Himself Nominated
2015 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Pop Extra Video “Duro” Won
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single Nominated
Best Music Video of the Year Nominated
Afropop Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
2016 MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Best New Act Himself Won
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
2017 BET Award 2017 Best International Act Africa Himself Nominated