“Akube” is definitely a record you’ve heard played at African clubs across the globe. Nigerian singer and rap artist Dotman’s real name is Olatunji Oladotun Alade. He was born on December 9, 1993, in Ogun State, Nigeria. Interestingly, while he is often praised as a songwriter, Dotman does not know how to play an instrument in order to compose. He recently admitted to Encomium,“I don’t play any instrument,” insisting however that he has “a good understanding of sound. I understand notes and I know the basic rules of the keyboard and I can flow with any . . . instrument.”
Dotman first became interested in music at a young age. He went to Abeokuta Grammar School, where he “picked up the interest in music. . .” although he “didn’t take it serious” until he was in college. His role model in the field is the late DaGrin. His signature sound is presently a musical mashup of multiple genres including Yoruba rap, Afro-soul, Afro-pop, Afro-beat, R&B, hip hop and rap. He hasn’t specifically pinpointed any source of inspiration for his songs, telling the press that the songs “just come.” Whenever he thinks of a topic, he just somehow finds “it easy to write about it.” They are about numerous facets of daily living with subjects such as lifestyles, money and “real life.”
He scored his first major label recording contract in 2014 when he signed with U & I Music. In 2015, he dropped his premiere platter, the single titled “Yes Melo.”
Oddly, Dotman did not really get any “major recognition” until he appeared as a guest artist on Akin’s single “Make am,” which also included Oritse Femi. He received more attention for his 2015 track “Fine Girl” and the accompanying video with his trademark versatility and sense of humor as a lyricist.
Dotman’s critics, however, are unsure if his wit has managed to impress, confuse, or both at different times. Pundits point to his punchlines which in some cases are nearly iconic. They believe his listeners think that he goes places that others have not. His professional resume is highlighted by a total of 12 singles and one guest appearance.
Currently a student of the University of Lagos in Nigeria, he is studying physics education, and admits that juggling school and his musical career is a challenge. He hopes to someday work with such other artists as Davido and Olamide.
Be sure to check out Dotman’s latest viral sensation, “Akube”