Daniel Okiror is a brand of African World Music in the likes of Fela Kuti, Salif Keita, Paul Simon & more.
Having roots in Uganda, my music brings an immersive sonic African safari experience of stories of hope, resilience, & beauty of the African continent.
Other than being a musician, I am also a social entrepreneur & founder of Beats Of Hops Africa. A social enterprise and charity project based in the Netherlands, Kenya & Uganda working on solving problems in Africa & helping change the perspective of Africa through intercultural exchange.
I was born in Uganda, East Africa and my childhood years were some of my most difficult years in this life. I ended up losing my mother at the age of 3 months old, and had the typical less fortunate childhood of an orphan. Living without a home. Without food. Without education. Without the basics of life.
I was then lucky enough to get helped and empowered, and that was a major shift in my life. I was lucky to attend a high school that was also a leadership academy and I was always trained to think as a change maker in this world. I remember one day being told by my teachers to write a vision statement and without hesitation wrote:
“I want to build houses in Africa to help every child suffering on the streets”
That moment will never leave my mind, because it was the day I discovered my purpose. Helping street children now became my focal purpose, so I attended university and studied social sciences in order to professionally create my vision project. It’s at that same time that I discovered I was a musical artist as well.
So I decided to combine both my strengths and purposes, and in 2010, Beats Of Hope was born! From starting a children’s home, then a talent center, then starting a record label and then touring globally in Europe, USA, Asia & across Africa.
I thank all the wonderful people that have helped make my journey in music and philanthropy possible.
“A well travelled artist who uses authentic handmade instruments from East Africa. You do us proud!”
“Okiror took the stage in a flowing orange West African agbada. A tall man, he was agile on his feet leaping into dance as the songs progressed”
-All Africa Media
“An evening of Afro-Jazz fusion was promised, and that is what we got”
The Star Magazine