Daniel Okiror- Uganda

Bio

Daniel Okiror, alias Eleja, is a Ugandan born multitalented, multi lingual artiste ,cultural promoter, social entreprenure and philanthropist . With many African instruments and charitable projects in his hands, Okiror is the new fixture of world music from the East African region, pairing his unique multilingual fusion of his Iteso folk sounds:(Ajosi,eleja, ekembe, etc) , Afrobeat, pop, rhumba, and Afrojazz with social entrepreneurship for positive change.

Born in Gulu town, Okiror lost his mother to a car accident when he was 3 months old. While living with his grandmother in Soroti, now Amuria district, he remembers once being visited by his father but he was denied access to him due to family disputes."They told me he would cut off my big head" Okiror exclaims! His father soon died when he was 6 years old. Okiror then grew up in abject poverty in acanipi village and Nakatunya slums of Soroti at the mercy of his mother's relatives.

Okiror's painful childhood soon found an outlet in music! At 3 years old, Okiror composed his first song "anyam engo aganget Ariokot- ..awany'do'ngo ican noi ..ingai ingarakini engo l'papijaka!".Literally translated, "I have eaten my grandmothers' cooking stone, I am suffering so much, who will help me, elders!"

In his village, music was heard everywhere from amongin, ebuda,Ajosi/Ateus, ekembe/akoongo, nywalibangin,ekirakira , church hymns , occassionally edonga whenever the Karimojong came to graze their cows in his village during spring time, not forgetting Lingala music revolution from congo.

His relatives were very musical especially when drunk and festive. Naturally, Daniel Okiror started learning handmade instruments as a hobby, especially while grazing cows .He taught himself to play akogo, adeudeu,ebilo, arigirigi,and has lately developed his own versions of these instruments, spotlight on his amagar'eleja inspired by the Nyatiti of the Luo in Kenya and etongooli of the Baganda Okiror soon discovered that his musicality was more than just a hobby when he participated in school music Festivals and later on became a praise singer in church. His passion led him to simulteneousl study music along side his bachelors degree is social sciences.

Academically, with difficulties, he joined Okude Primary School, Nakatunya Primary School, Soroti Secondary School, Cornerstone Leadership Academy, Africa Institute of Music( Dip Ethnomusicology), Makerere University (Ba Social Sciences) and lately did his masters in project planning and management at the University of Nairobi. Its devine to note that Okiror rose to beat his trouble ridden past, transforming himself into an international musician with a beautiful artistic story that has transformed many lives across the globe especially street children that he mentors through his charity.

With his band fusing his Akogo, Adeudeu, Amagareleja together with acaustic guitar, drumset, jembe, bassguitar, and saxophone , he has 3 albums: One Lover 2009, Light in Africa 2011, Emuria Koliai 2014, with which he has toured South Korea, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Israel, Northern Sudan, The Netherlands, USA, UK ,Germany, Belgium, France,.the list goes on.

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Nilotic music with Daniel Okiror of Uganda Live in The Netherlands. Obongore.
AKOGO JAZZ, Daniel Okiror
AFRICA SAFARI FESTIVAL DEBUT, UGANDA'S DANIEL OKIROR IN NETHERLANDS,
CRY OF THE CHILDREN-Garbage people! By Daniel Okiror @ ONGEA FESTIVAL 2018

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Peace In Africa,trial version-By Daniel Benon
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Mam Ijali- By Daniel Okiror
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Epone - By Daniel Okiror
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Mam Ijali; LIVE Performance, Ilinois USA 11th Oct 2014
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Videos

Africa Safari Festival debut 2019, Daniel Okiror of Uganda
Our centre is open to street children and youth
Our youth centre comes alive with dancing competions
Talent shows at our streeboys project in Kenya
Our Christmas party with streetchildren of Mombasa, wanawamola boys home
Working with streetchildren in Kenya, wanawamola boys home
AFRICA SAFARI FESTIVAL DEBUT, UGANDA'S DANIEL OKIROR IN NETHERLANDS,
Africa Safari Festival debut, big bang , Nilotic sounds , Daniel Okiror of Uganda
Africa Safari Festival debut in the Netherlands 25th 01 2019.Adungu fusion, Daniel Okiror of Uganda
African stories , The cow story, Daniel Okiror @ACU Netherlands
Giriama music from the Kenyan coast
BOBI WINE KYARENGA BOOSTED WITH NEW PEOPLE POWER ANTHEM; UGANDA MY MAMALAND By Daniel Okiror.
African story telling.about street children ....www.danielokiror.com , www.wanawamola.com
AKOGO JAZZ, Daniel Okiror
OBONG ORE, Daniel Okiror
TESO RHUMBA,-ATUMBALA -Prejudice. bY DANIEL OKIROR Live in Nairobi 2018
BIG BIG BANG By Daniel Okiror @ ONGEA FESTIVAL 2018
CRY OF THE CHILDREN-Garbage people! By Daniel Okiror @ ONGEA FESTIVAL 2018
Akogo Iteso ; Emuria Koliai, Daniel Okiror L'Orungo
Wana wa mola street boys
Daniel Okiror mentoring street boys to perform acrobatics at Nyali beach , mombasa Kenya
Sounds from source of River Nile... kalimba. Nyatiti, adungu....New AfriTeso beat..beyond fela kuti
New Akogo Fusion, Kalimba, Daniel Okiror @ Sama international Festival, Khartoum Sudan
Kalimba, AfriTeso sound _ Daniel Okiror Live in Khartoum Sudan
Daniel Okiror in Khartoum Sudan
Adungu.N'o TESO.Traditional Ugandan instrument. Ongolia by Daniel Okiror
Music of Uganda : Akogo, Kalimba, Mbiira -Daniel Okiror
Music of Uganda : Akogo,Kalimba,Mbiira- Daniel Okiror
Music of Uganda : Adungu- Daniel Okiror
Music of Uganda : Adeudeu/Amagarait, Entongoli, Endongo, Nyatiti -Daniel Okiror
Dancing to modern Nilotic sounds, By Daniel Okiror; GOUDA sweet like cheese
Big bang dance NETHERLANDS, Daniel Okiror
AfroJAZZ, Ai Ai (Cry of the Children) by Daniel Okiror @ Marema concert
Daniel Okiror : Time to dance in Holland
Daniel Okiror, Epone, AFROJAZZ live in the USA
Teso-Culture-Daniel Okiror Performing Mam Ijali Live in USA
Upweke-jaystar
Teso- Culture- Edeke ka- Daniel Okiror
Wana Wa Mola Community
Woman of virtue, By Daniel Benon ( Special dedication to my wife a.k.a dilenga)
My home ( Wana wa mola.) Courtessy of Pure Aroma Music Inc
I will be there.flv By Daniel Benon ( The journey for my purpose,.,street boys,music,.,.)
I bless.flv By Daniel Benon, (Pure Aroma Music Inc/Wana Wa Mola Street Children's Mission)
Light in Africa,By Daniel Benon, ft Dr Bumil Kim (President Canan-Yonsei Leadership Centre,S.Korea
Teso Culture; Edeke Ka , By Daniel Okiror
Aye ye ye- By Daniel Benon; Empowering Wana Wa Mola Street Children's Mission
Groove awards 2012
Nilotic music with Daniel Okiror of Uganda Live in The Netherlands. Obongore.

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