Born November 4, 1984, Maurice Kirya a multiple award winning Ugandan singer and actor who has been in the industry for more than 10 years doing what he does best, singing and song writing.
Maurice Kirya released his maiden album in late 2009 after many years of anticipation.
The Album was an instant success both locally and internationally; it was the same album that won Maurice the 2010 RFI Discoveries award beating over 500 Artists across Africa. Kirya is arguably one of the most influential young Africans, due to his involvement in youth inspiring projects and his resilience in anything he sets his mind on.
Maurice Kirya, commonly addressed by his fans as ‘The King Of Mwooyo’, his a unique breed of artist and a household name in Uganda’s Music Industry. His second album ‘The Book Of Kirya’ released in October 2012 opened doors to a massive international fan following and got Maurice Kirya numerous nominations.
The artist – who has garnered endorsement deals due to his brand – just released 2015’s most anticipated and his third album ‘MWOOYO’, an homage to the ‘Ugandan soul music’ style he has pioneered over the last few years.
Asuquo Eton had a chat with Maurice Kirya were he talked more about being young entrepreneur, his love for acting and style and so much more…
Tell us a little more about the man, Maurice Kirya?
Thanks a lot, I am a Ugandan singer/actor, but also an aspiring young entrepreneur.
Talk me through an average day in the life of Maurice Kirya?
Whoa, hectic, if it’s a Monday, I wake up at 6am, go through emails, all dressed up by 6:40 am, at my restaurant by 8am (The Sound Cup), that’s where I have all my meetings and deals about music done, then I am in studio by 11:am, after two hours I am back at The Sound Cup for lunch, then have the necessary meetings about Sound Cup, at 3pm I am on my way to the airport while I reply to emails about music, at 5 pm I am watching ‘The Walking Dead’ series on my laptop and by 7pm I am on a plane to Kenya for reality TV show. (that’s my Monday routine).
How did you get into music?
I grew up in a musical family, it’s something that has always come natural to the family and it was my best form of communication.
How as the experience been so far?
Being in the game for 12 years yet still being so young comes with its advantages and disadvantages but all in well I have been fortunate to still be here.
Which musician/producers have you worked with?
I have worked with the legendary Sam Bisaso, Nicholas Mayanja, Kagwe Mungai, etc.
You recently release the album – Mwooyo, how as the feedback been like?
It’s been overwhelming, I am so happy to have my loyal fans and to see my fan base grow bigger around the world.
I have listen to all the tracks on “Mwooyo” and really liked “Never Been Loved” & “Busaabala”. Also watched their videos, what informed the concept to those videos?
Busaabala was based on a true story of mine, but of course a bit of fiction was added! “Never Been Loved” was a concept by Enos Olik.
Tell us more about The Sound Cup?
The Sound Cup is a cafe/restaurant that is in sync with the local arts and music scene.
You are one of the Judges/Mentors on Maisha Magic’s Maisha Superstar Reality TV Show, how is that doing?
It’s hectic because of the flying back and forth but being a part of these young talents is awesome.
Who do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
I would want to work with Alicia Keys! Good thing is she knows it, now it just needs to happen! Fingers crossed.
How would you describe your style?
Artsy classy with a wild style.
What style genre appeals to you most?
Hip Hop and Neo Soul always get me! All the time!
What does your personal life on a daily basis entail?
In between work I always have time to speak on the phone with my friends and family, but Sunday is strictly for friends and family.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Africa’s music scene has not yet flourished across the globe on the level it should, everyday I push so I can be that global star and reach out to the whole year.
Name your 5 must have accessories/essentials?
Laptop, Phone, guitar, shades, headphones.
What are your favorite fashion trends?
I am into classy watches and dope shades! They always have to be on point.
Do you plan on visiting Nigeria/West Africa anytime soon?
Oh yea! I want to do as many concerts in West Africa this year. And right now it’s not much about the money but just reaching out to all my fans.
What is your favorite Ugandan dish?
It’s called (Rolex) not the watch, when you are in Uganda, it will be one of the most common street foods you can have.
Do you listen to Ugandan music, if yes which songs are currently on your playlist?
Right now I am listening a lot to Tshilla, she’s always been one of my favourites.
Apart from music and business, what other projects are you currently working on?
I have been working and still am on a movie which will be released next year. Acting is another thing I am most notably known for.
What advice can you give others to pursue their dreams?
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years from now?
I want my music to be all over the world and to be an internationally acclaimed actor.
Any final words?
To all my fans, I am blessed to have you, thank you for all your love and support!