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Cool James Biography, Songs, Family, Death

Cool James Biography

Cool James whose real name is James Isaiah Dandu also known as “Mtoto wa Dandu” was born on 5th July 1970 in Tanzania. He is a Tanzanian musician.

Early Life and Education Background

He finished his primary studies at Kurasini Primary School in Tanzania, he moved with his mother and siblings to Stockholm, Sweden.

Cool James Music Career

Cool James professional musical career started in 1988, he released his first musical album in 1992, already a dance-oriented production. In 1993 he got together with another East African named Andrew Muturi to form the group “Swahili Nation”.

After a while they let a brother of Andrew join the group, and after that yet another brother. James left and joined with a Congolese, Jose Masena and formed the group Cool James & Black Teacher. They released only two albums, the 1992 record Undercover Lover and the 1994 record Zooming You, which included the hit song “Dr. Feelgood”.

A while after the Cool James and Black Teacher project, James moved back to Tanzania and started producing for East African artists as well as working on his own projects. He started the Tanzanian Music Awards in 1999.


  • Sina Makosa
  • Tutarudi Kenya
  • Nitakupiga Risasi
  • Passed Away Love
  • Bwana Na Bibi Harusi
  • Maisha ni Safari Ndefu
  • Uwasamehe
  • Mr. D.J
  • Dippy Dippy Dayz
  • I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Part Time Love
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Godfather
  • Back To The Motherland
  • Love For Love
  • Labamba
  • Hallo Hallo
  • To The Max
  • Don’t Close Your Door
  • Zooming You
  • The Rhythm Of The Tribe
  • Madame For Me
  • Pole-Pole Mamma
  • Mwana Mawari
  • Malaika
  • Mabele Kobina

Cool James Family

His wife was Devota Chuwa and they have two children  Caroline-Jamie, who he referred to as Malaika, born 1994, and Michael James Junior, born 1997.


  • He died on 27th August 2002 after he was invoved in a car accident.


Cool James

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