Maurice Kirya is a Ugandan singer, songwriter, actor , based in The Netherlands.
The Radio France International) Discoveries Award winner is credited as the pioneer of Ugandan soul music – a style he’s aptly dubbed ‘’Mwooyo’’ blending Ugandan Folk with western soul, jazz and RnB.
His buttery yet edgy vocals, that give off an almost nasal tone, sit comfortably on the low end and sore quite well on the falsetto, usually accompanied by Ugandan drum rhythms, vibrant yet controlled bass lines, a blend of jazzy soul chords on the piano, and a guitar rhythm section.
Maurice Kirya has featured in Hollywood movies such as ''The Queen Of Katwe' as 'Theo' (along side 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.
Kirya is a youth & health activist who is also collaborating with UNHCR in the efforts to protect the lives and rights of refugees.
Due to his passion for wildlife conservation, Kirya was named as a WILD AID ambassador alongside powerful names such as actor Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa & Li Bing Bing.
He is the Founder/C.E.O The Sound Cup Coffee, A coffee brand based in The Netherlands.