Wrap Up And Watch Out: Fearless Dukuman
Fearless Dukuman, also known as The Dukuman, is an artist from north London who emerged on the scene featuring on an N-Dubz skit called 'Duku Man' from their popular album, 'Against All Odds'. Not one to shy away from the main stage, the rapper also supported N-Dubz on their arena tour, as well as Dappy on his solo tour. Abuk Joseph caught up with Fearless Dukuman at the video shoot for his latest single, 'Body Pop' – which features former Fundamental band member, Varren Wade – to discuss the meaning behind his unique name, his Congolese influences and his goals for the future.
The Wrap Up: Nice to speak with you today. Firstly, can you tell us the meaning behind your name?
Fearless Dukuman: That’s funny (laughs). Dukuman basically means a guy who has many talents and who is also adored by the masses.
TWU: Cool. Okay, so how would describe your sound and what do you think that you bring to the music industry?
Fearless Dukuman: My sound is very fun, it’s unique and I always try to bring something new to the table. Everyone’s coming out with the clubby sound, and I am too, but I’m twisting it by bringing in my Congolese influence. I like bringing my language out in my music so that I can represent my country. I feel that it’s really important to show where you come from. I don’t want people to just like my music, I want them to understand and appreciate where I’m coming from.
TWU: You’re affiliated with N-Dubz and you’ve also been on tour with them. Have you picked up anything from them that you have applied to your own career?
Fearless Dukuman: Yeah, N-Dubz have showed me a lot about music and I’m happy and feel fortunate for that. They taught me to expand, never to stay in one box and take it as far as I can.
TWU: How did your latest collaboration with Varren Wade come about?
Fearless Dukuman: A guy called Fuller hollered at me on Twitter and said that he wanted to work with me. We exchanged details through Twitter, he sent me the beat and then me, Fuller and Varren went to the studio, sat down and wrote the tune. Here we are today!
TWU: Who do you feel is representing the UK and who would you like to work with down the line?
Fearless Dukuman: I’d like to get in the studio with Example; I think we could make something great. I wouldn’t mind working with Rita Ora, she’s a very beautiful chick (laughs). Adele is killing it right now, without a doubt! The Script are really good and Coldplay, Coldplay are sick, I’d like to work with them as well.
TWU: So, what else can we expect from The Dukuman for the rest of 2012 and beyond?
Fearless Dukuman: Expect a lot of bangers! I’m actually releasing a mixtape at the end of May as a free download. I’ve been doing a lot of melodies in my new stuff, which I never thought I’d be doing. My dad is musically talented, so it’s kind of built in me. He’s a musician who goes by the name of Evoloko Joker and he’s done a lot of things in Congo, France and all of the French-speaking countries. So yeah, just expect a lot of good material from me in the near future.
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Words: Abuk Joseph (@AbukJoseph)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)