Maurice Kirya is a singer, songwriter, actor and humanitarian from Uganda, East Africa. He is a celebrated household name in East Africa with over a decade-long wealth of experience in the music industry.
|Born||4 November 1984|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Actor, Business man|
|Associated acts||[Lupita nyongo [Vampino] NE-YO]|
The 2010 RFI (Radio France Internationale) Discoveries Award winner Maurice is credited as the pioneer of Ugandan soul music – a style he’s aptly dubbed ‘’Mwooyo’’ A style and culture appreciated by his massive social media followers, fans & music enthusiasts.
Kirya has performed in over 35 Countries, and collaborated in performances with the likes of American superstar, NE-YO, German superstar Mark Forster, and American actor and idols winner Jordin Sparks.
Maurice has also featured in Hollywood films like The Queen Of Katwe as 'Theo' (alongside Lupita Nyongo & David Oyelowo, he has also acted in The Last King of Scotland as himself (Not credited) starring Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington & David Oyelowo. Kirya is currently Starring in ‘The Girl In the Yellow Jumper’’ an upcoming movie directed by Loukman Ali.
He is also the C.E.O of Piz & Pots (a Marketing, Branding & events Agency). The company that also runs the annual music festival KIRYALIVE FESTIVAL in Kampala that hosts musicians from within the country and around the world.
Kirya has Celebrated albums such as Free Dreams, Mwooyo,‘The Book Of Kirya’ & Misubbaawa, Pre-orders for his highly anticipated album ‘Beyond Myself’ have already begun.
Kirya is a youth & health activist who is also collaborating with the organisation Hijra, & UNHCR in Uganda in the efforts to protect the lives and rights of refugees.
Due to his passion for wild life conservation, Kirya was named as a WILD AID ambassador alongside powerful names such as actor Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa & Li Bing Bing. ]]n musician and actor. He won RFI’s 2010 Discoveries Music Award. He won prize money plus a grant worth 18,000 euros to develop his career. He staged performances in Paris plus a year-long tour of Africa where he toured over 35 countries. He was nominated for the most gifted afro pop video of the year in the 2012 channel O video music awards. He was one of the three Ugandan artists to perform at the inaugural annual Tribe One Festival, in South Africa.
Maurice Kirya comes from a musical family, his late mother used to sit them around the fire every time there was a power black out, which was a common thing, she then would teach them folk songs and rhymes, his love for singing was ignited in these dark warm nights. He fuses his Uganda style, Mwooyo with rnb, soul & jazz. He plays guitar, bass & piano and writes all his music. When asked how he writes his music, he always responded ‘’I see the picture, i feel the emotion,i relate and the song comes to me’’
He has toured over 35 Countries and 40 Cities across Africa, Europe and America. His interesting style of music and persona has landed him big interviews on BBC, CNN, Voice of America and RFI. He has grown to be an inspiration and mentor to many young Ugandan and African musicians, He also uses music and the knowledge he has to support the youth and the refugees in UGANDA by teaching them how to use the arts to empower their lives.
- Misubbaawa, 2009
- The book of Kirya, 2012
- Mwooyo, 2015
- Free Dreams, 2017
- Beyond Myself, scheduled for 2019
- Never Been Loved
- Njagala gwe
- Njagala gwe Rmx
- Beera Naabo
- Beera Naabo Rmx
- Binadamu featuring AY
- Let’s go!
- Stop RMX
- Boda Boda
- Tell Me
- Village girl featuring Valerie Kimani
- Locals and native feat Indigenous
- Revolution Rmx feat Navio & Da myth
- Silent Night
- Work it out
- Hold on
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