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Cool James

Cool James   (Tanzania)

EuroDance member
Added : 23/12/2002
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00/08/2002


Sukuma Land
Soft Like A Pillow
Mwana Maria
African Millennium
Karubandika
Sina Makosa
Excuse Me Mr Someone
Telephone Man
Look At Your Man
Old Pop In An Oak
93 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

 

Cool James albums

Sukuma Land Sukuma Land
Soft Like A Pillow Soft Like A Pillow
Mwana Maria Mwana Maria
African Millennium African Millennium 1999
Karubandika Karubandika 2001

 

Cool James singles

Sina Makosa Sina Makosa  
Excuse Me Mr Someone Excuse Me Mr Someone 1996  
Telephone Man Telephone Man 1996  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Look At Your Man Danuma - Look At Your Man 1994  
Old Pop In An Oak Rednex - Old Pop In An Oak 17th Nov 1994  

Productions, co-production, executive production

Look At Your Man Danuma - Look At Your Man 1994  
Summertime Danuma - Summertime 1994  
Godfather Cool James and Black Teacher - Godfather 1994  
The Rhythm Of The Tribe Cool James and Black Teacher - The Rhythm Of The Tribe 1994  

Songwriting

Thank You, Thank You Cool James and Black Teacher - Thank You, Thank You 1993  
Summertime Danuma - Summertime 1994  
Godfather Cool James and Black Teacher - Godfather 1994  
The Rhythm Of The Tribe Cool James and Black Teacher - The Rhythm Of The Tribe 1994  
Comala Wessa Cool James and Black Teacher - Comala Wessa 1995  
Free Cool James and Black Teacher - Free 1998  

 



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Cool James biography

Cool James real name was James Dandu. He was also known under the other scene names Mtoto wa Dandu and CJ Massive. He was born in July 5th 1970 in Mwanza, Tanzania. He did his primary studies in Dar es Salaam Olympio, then his parents moved to Sweden. "I couldn't study mathematics there, which I really wanted to do, because I didn't speak Swedish and they would only teach it in Swedish, but I opted to go for music and ended up enjoying it."

His professional musical career started in 1983, he released his first musical album in 1986, already a dance-oriented production. Then he joined the Kenyan Andrew Muturi and created the group Swahili Nation. Together they released the hit single Mpenzi. But "Andrew's brother wanted to join in and we let him, and after that another brother... I mean after a while all this family stuff started to get in the way of business", he explains. So in 1990 James left the group, and started a business to promote himself and his entertainment work. Called Dandu Planet, the company now owns subsidiaries that are involved in artist management, production and publishing work.

In 1993 he created the eurodance project Cool James and Black Teacher. They released one album and many hits such as Dr. Feelgood (it won the Best Scandinavian Dance Track in 1994), Godfather and The Rhythm Of The Tribe.

Then he went back to his solo career as a rapper in his homeland, Tanzania. He wrote and produced his music himself. "When I came to Africa, I had to decide between doing the music for the love of it and not making much profit, or going back to European-oriented music and doing it for the profit." he said.

Cool James was a great supporter of African music. He registered another subsidiary of his company, Dandu Entertainment, in every East African country, to seek out, produce and manage talented, underexposed African artistes. He started the Tanzanian Music Awards in 1999.

He married Devotta Chuwa and had 2 kids called Caroline-Jamie (who he referred to as Malaika in his songs) and Michael James Junior. His hobbies were music and football, he admired Puff Daddy and Koffi Olomide. Michael Jackson also inspired him a lot.

He died in a car accident on the 27th of August 2002 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Cool James tribute at Channel5
Cool James interview at Kelele.com
Cool James at Wakilisha
Thanks to Aquastealth and Anton "MC Kasper" Skaletsky

Cool James biography was last updated Sat, January 13th 2018

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