Danny K

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Danny K
Background information
Birth nameDanny Koppel
Born(1977-09-08) September 8, 1977 (age 35)
OriginJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
GenresPop / R&B
WebsiteDannyK.com
 
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Danny K
Background information
Birth nameDanny Koppel
Born(1977-09-08) September 8, 1977 (age 35)
OriginJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
GenresPop / R&B
WebsiteDannyK.com

Danny K (full name Daniel Koppel, born 8 September 1977) is a versatile South African singer, songwriter and actor. He holds a B.A. degree from the Wits University. He has produced some chart topping hits and award winning albums.

He was one of the first South African musicians to perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago with guests like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Josh Groban and John Travolta appearing on the same day.

Danny has toured and performed with many renowned international acts including: Usher, Craig David, P Diddy, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Eric Benet, Bob Geldof, U2, Queen and Beyoncé.

He is also one of only five South African acts chosen to perform at Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert at the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa which was broadcast to three billion people worldwide.

Danny has also performed for the opening of the ICC World Cup as well as for Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey and Madiba's annual birthday party in Qunu in Transkei, South Africa.[1]

On 7 July 2007 Danny K performed at the South African leg of Live Earth.

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Awards and nominations

He was nominated multiple times for the SAMA and has won 4 times. He has two consecutive Kids Choice Awards, two consecutive Crystal Awards (People's Choice Awards), You magazine Award for Best SA Musician; and The South African STYLE Award.

AwardGranting BodyPlaceYear
Best Pop Album for Same DifferenceS.A.M.A.Johannesburg2007
Best Pop Album for This Is My TimeS.A.M.A.Johannesburg2007
Best Collaboration (with Mandoza)Channel O[2]2006
Best S.A. MusicianYou magazineJohannesburg
Best Dressed MaleS.A. StyleJohannesburg
Best South African ArtistKids' Choice AwardsJohannesburg

Albums and Work

Current work

Danny K's yet untitled 2009 studio album has been a matter of great interest. On September 13, 2008 Danny K mentioned on his official MySpace page that he was working with Grammy Award Winning producer Danja, Award Winning song writing team The Clutch and well as Soul Diggaz. This album promises to bring together international flavours with local concepts and sees Danny K entering an entirely new level of music for himself.

Contribution to In-Cha: 2008

Danny K lent his voice on Violin Superstar, the debut album of In-Cha. The track was entitled Crazy Party and has amazing backtrack with Danny K's pop contribution and HHP hip hip vibe.

This track has had phenomenal success and has allowed In-Cha to appeal to a wider market and has further made the Violin Superstar a success.

All Africa Poker Win: 2006

Danny K took part in the first-ever All Africa Poker Celebrity Charity Challenge which was sponsored by Piggs Peak Casino, Swaziland.

He managed to beat out many of the celebrities including: Leanne Manas, Sandy Ngema, Neil Andrews, Mark Fish, Kass Naidoo, Joost van der Westhuizen and Phumlani Msibi to face Alex Jay in a nail-biting showdown.

Danny K won which saw the pot of R100 000 donated to Compassionate Friends, a grief-counseling service in memoriam of his late brother.[3]

Fourth Studio Album: 2006

After his many successes of his previous album, Danny decided to go with the more pop vibe on this album and therefore the album title of This is My Time which expressed it as a way of life.

Unfrozen was one of the stand out tracks which managed to capture the airwaves of many radio stations.

Guest Star in Bunny Chow: 2006

Danny guest-starred in this film about three comedians who embark on a raucous weekend journey to Oppikoppi. They end up getting more than they bargained for.

Collaboration Album with Mandoza: 2005

Titled Same Difference, this was chance for Danny to explore some more of the Kwaito experience and therefore decided to join with Mandoza.

Hits like Friday and Summertime came from this album. Pop tracks with a blend of kwaito beats enabled this album to go Gold within two weeks selling 25 000 units.

Guest Star in Crazy Monkey Film: 2005

This saw Danny K make a big screen entrance as Guest star on Crazy Monkey Presents Straight Outta Benoni. He starred as Danny in this film which follows the lives of Brendan and Gavin and their journey towards a 10 year reunion.

Second Album: 2003

Since his first album, Danny K has really learned a lot from his experiences. This album is in memoriam of his late brother Jarren who died when he was 23 years old in a helicopter crash along with several others in Mpumalanga. This is the reason the album was title J23.

He worked again with Alexis Faku and Pete Martin who helped with his debut album. J23 was released trans-continentally. In this album he explores some R&B in addition to his rhythm and pop sound.

He had many interesting collaborations on the album including Johnny Clegg, Sid Money and Kabelo. This gave his album the versatility and explored a whole new side of Danny K.

Who's That Girl, when released created the sense of a genuine Urban South African track. Johnny Clegg's unmistakable voice with that of Danny K managed to explore African melodies. This was the happenstance of meeting the amazing singer/composer in the studios who heard something that Danny K had written and liked it. That became Who's That Girl.

I Can't Imagine, a ballad penned weeks after Jarren, Danny's brother, died and is wrought with emotion. The song is prefaced with J23 Interlude where Danny pays poetic tribute to his brother who was more like a twin to Danny and was manager to Danny before he passed on.

Debut Album: 2000

Danny K released his SAMA nominated self titled debut album in 2000. He managed to release several singles off the album:

Discography

Albums

Album Information
Danny K - 2000
  • Track List:-
  • 1. You Don't Know My Name
  • 2. Getting Down
  • 3. Hurts So Bad
  • 4. Bull$*@!
  • 5. Cheatin
  • 6. My Destiny
  • 7. Too Young (To Hurt So Bad)
  • 8. Senorita
  • 9. So Many Ways (feat. TK)
  • 10. Boom Boom
  • 11. On My Own
  • 12. Where The Wind Goes
  • 13. I'm Yours Tonight
  • 14. Getting (feat. Speedy & Loyiso)
J23 - 2003
  • Track List:-
  • 1. I Could Love U
  • 2. One Of A kind
  • 3. Beautiful
  • 4. Who's That Girl? (feat Johnny Clegg)
  • 5. Unstoppable
  • 6. I Just Don't Wanna (feat Sid Money) (Written by Danny K, Alexis Faku with Sid Money)
  • 7. Murder
  • 8. Boogie All Night Long (feat Kabelo & Sid Money)
  • 9. Love In The Club
  • 10. Soopadoopa
  • 11. How Can I Be?
  • 12. J23 Interlude
  • 13. I Can't Imagine
  • 14. Strength Of A Woman (Written by Danny with Stuart Roslyn and Drew Milligan)
  • 15. Serendipity
  • 16. Sunshine
  • 17. Back In Your Life
  • 18. Stay With Me (Live)
Same Difference (with Mandoza) - 2005
  • Track List:-
  • 1. Mission
  • 2. Friday
  • 3. Music
  • 4. Rollercoaster
  • 5. The Last One's
  • 6. Ooh Child (Ungabaleki) (feat Stagga)
  • 7. 4 Koll
  • 8. You Wish
  • 9. Mzanzi Party
  • 10. Free
  • 11. Summertime
  • 12. Faki Nchayelo
  • 13. How We Roll
  • 14. Ooh Child (Ungabaleki) Remix
  • 15. Music Remix
This Is My Time - 2006
  • Track List:-
  • 1. This Is My Time
  • 2. Shorty
  • 3. Separate Lies
  • 4. Clothes Off
  • 5. Real Man
  • 6. Outdacontrol
  • 7. Knock Me Off
  • 8. 1000 Sorrys
  • 9. I Like Yo Style
  • 10. Everything About It
  • 11. One Night
  • 12. Unfrozen
  • 13. I Love You
  • 14. All About You
  • 15. It Doesn't Matter

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