Bubbling under act, Dandollah makes his debut right here on Jaguda.com with his new record, Etige. Dandollah reps Akwa-Ibom and lists his influences as 2face, Paul Play, & Dbanj.
Definitely check on this joint, Etige and drop your thoughts.
His peers in Mafoluku, where he grew up, encouraged his interest in music and he believes music is his calling therefore no amount of challenge there in can deter him.
After he left high school he picked up a multi-level market business. As a young man that was interested in having a generative source of livelihood, he decided to bring his friend into it to make more money. When he explained the terms of the business to his friends and how payments will be made in Dollar, they mocked him by referring to him as DANDOLLAR.
Daniel Emmanuel Essien, the second child out of family of 6, hails from Akwa Ibom state. He grew up in Mafoluku area of Lagos state where he attended Hope Primary School, Mafoloku Oshodi . He then proceed to Unity High school in the same locality for his secondary school education. Dandollah afterward, picked up teaching. He was a physics teacher for some time before he gained admission to UNILAG in year 2008. Due to lack of finances to further his University Education, he dropped out of school in his second year.
His vision as a youth is to become one of Nigeria’s music export. While growing up and discovering himself, football could be listed as one of his gifts too but he ended up consecrating all his attention to music because of the inviolable passion he has for the art of singing. One major thing that encouraged him is the company he keeps; he goes to music studio alongside his friends to sing. Music has, hence, taken Dandollah through thick and thin but the picture of ‘future him’ that he painted is what keeps him going.
Dandollah is no exception to hero-worshiping or idolizing, as many would call it, of big artists which is normal among upcoming acts like him. He looks up to two great artists in Nigeria namely; 2face Idibia and “Paul Play” I.K Dairo. Dandollah took after these two great performers in terms of his musical genre. He does Pop & R ‘n’ B to show he is following the foot step of those he idolizes. He looks forward to working with the two afore mentioned artists and as well ‘Koko Master’, D’banj.
He loves to write songs, listen to music, he loves reading motivational books where he draws his inspirations from and he spends time in the studio rehearsing. He has worked with different producers right from when he embarked on his journey into the world of entertainment, but the one that has made significant impact on him is Dr. Bean who he met through a friend of his. The philosophy he lives by is “if you don’t believe in yourself no one will believe in you”. His saddest moment was when his mother passed away.