Olatunji Oladotun Alade, AKA Dotman, has built up quite a loyal fan base amongst young, female romantics in Nigeria. His latest release, ‘Iyawo’, caused quite a reaction when a sample sneak preview of the song was released on the singer’s social media last month. It led to two wedding bookings, music collaboration and press interview requests, a video shoot proposal, talent management offers and a request to model men’s fashion. Social media also produced a cute video of two children in Paris dancing delightfully to the melodic beat of ‘Iyawo’. So, what is it about this new release that has caused such a positive reaction?
Our reporter was fortunate to interview Dotman last night at a studio recording session in Lagos. Dotman’s former recording deal with U and I Music, Nigeria, ended recently and he attributed the success of ‘Iyawo’ to his new-found freedom. He commented freely with a welcoming, bright grin made brighter by the light reflecting off the colourful bandanna that glowed from his brow: