HERITAGE: The Late Dotstar Stormed The Underground With His UK Funky Anthem "Stick Up" (2009)

HERITAGE: The Late Dotstar Stormed The Underground With His UK Funky Anthem "Stick Up" (2009)


June 19, 2024

News has emerged that pioneering Afrobeats and UK funky hero Dotstar has sadly passed away. Born Azeez Adeshina Akinpelu in Hackney, Dotstar made his name in the late 2000s during the UK funky wave (he also did grime briefly before that). His take on the sound pushed the West African influence, particularly that of Nigeria, on UK funky.

Dotstar found success very early, catching the attention of Skata Records when he jumped on stage at a talent show in South Kilburn when he was just 12 years old and then connecting with SLK's Flirta D a couple of years later. In 2009, he scored his breakout hit with UK funky anthem "Stick Up", catching the wave and soundtracking the summer. Raw in its original form, with an equally rough-and-ready video shot with friends in Stanmore College, it was later polished up and repackaged, becoming a big hit on MTV Base.

The East Londoner's work set the scene for a lot of the Afrobeats and Afroswing artists that would follow, making the UK sit up and take notice of the West African diaspora's influence at a time when Caribbean sounds ruled. He opened a lot of doors for the West African music in mainstream spaces and made connections with US artists like Tyga, with whom he collaborated on "Tatted Up", and Nigerian future stars like Olamide.

May he rest in eternal peace 🕊️




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