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He was born Innocent Dumnodi Ehigiator to a family of five (5)brothers and three (3) sisters in a small village called Abudu, Edo – State in Nigeria. He attended school in the village he lived in and started his singing career at a very young age, singing in class rooms and many people became aware of his talent throughout the years. Due to his small frame and boisterous sense of humour, his classmates nicknamed him YQ - meaning Young and Quizzical.

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His inspiration, he said is from nobody but nature and what he sees and feel in his daily activities...

Paulino YQ is totally committed to Music with a strong influence of afro beat and it is his toasting style in the music Scene in Africa that saw him become known as The Dancehall Emperor. “Dancehall Emperor “was a single track which he did in 1997. Along hits such as “Tic-Tac and Hail Rasta man”, “Rejected and Hold” and, “Buttshegone (Butt she’s gone)”. His happiest moment of his career was in 1992 when he recorded his first ever track ‘Work Together’ with Salvatore Caputo in Lugarno Switzerland. It was his first time to be in the studio and sang to the  microphone. He followed this work up in 1994 when he recorded more songs including “Tea without Sugar”. However, none of this material has ever been released not until recently.

Like most artists he struggled to get his music released and his breakthrough came in 2006 when he finally released his debut album titled The Court of Love. Which he recorded in 2004/2005, working with musicians like Eugenius Alcupoem, Ian Osrin, and Collin Peddie. Khanyo Maphumulo, Mpho, Patrick Mokhobo, Juan Thyme, Sandy B, Joel Klein and Galvan Eckhart. The album was released under Paulino’s own record label (Eclipse Recx Entertainment) ERENT.

The success of “The Court of Love has given Paulino YQ strength and confident to releasing his previously unreleased album; Africa Unite’ and; Issue Of The Heart’ this two previously unreleased albums were recorded in the early and late nineties .Despite success in most corners of Africa, Paulino YQ is still bubbling under the musical scene in South Africa .and his repertoire and albums have demonstrated that he is an artist to watch out for.

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