Dakanow was born in Dawu Mountain in southern Taiwan, Dakanow is a creative musician of Paiwan and Rukai descent. He taught middle school for seven years and worked as an assistant researcher at Academia Sinica. Now, he Is a singer, composer, and Producer.
Dakanow is one of the leading figures in Taiwan’s social movement music scene. To him, music is more than just a vehicle to record one’s life experience; it is also a weapon with which we can confront injustice. With a knack for languages and a wealth of unconventional experiences, Dakanow writes songs in Taiwanese Indigenous languages, Mandarin, Taiwanese Hoklo, Hakka, and English with a bluesy, roots, and old school soul feel. His songs express a longing for one’s homeland, but also joy, as he engages in an internal dialogue. His deep, multidimensional care for society comes through in every song about his friends and the small, but touching, stories of Taiwanese Indigenous communities. A songwriter who conveys Taiwan’s multilayered histories, Dakanow remains nomadic. He continues to brew up touching songs of hometown legends.