Danny K Keynote speaker, singer, songwriter, businessman
Household name Danny K (real name Danny Koppel) sang his way into South African hearts almost 20 years ago – but there are now audiences around the country surprised to hear the multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and businessman deliver inspiring keynote addresses. Best known for his SAMA award-winning hits and the non-profit organisation SHOUT, which he co-founded in 2007, Danny continues to reinvent himself in the public eye, appealing to even the most tough and cynical audiences.
Danny has crafted a disarmingly candid keynote speech that explores the personal and business challenges he has met on the often bumpy road to success. Not shy to show his vulnerability, he is able to inspire virtually anyone to overcome self-limiting beliefs. What sets him apart as a speaker is the fact that he weaves singing and music into this charismatic presentation.
Revealing little-known facts about his life, Danny shows how the universal themes of facing rejection and dealing with tragedy apply to everyone, no matter their background and status. Most importantly, his message reveals that it is necessary to celebrate diversity and to reinvent oneself to stay relevant – a lesson on sustainability that all individuals and businesses can relate to. Sharing the vicissitudes of success, Danny shows that one needs inner strength to deal with loss and changing fortunes. Perhaps the most important value he shares is the belief that successful South Africans should ‘pay it forward’ and uplift their fellow human beings wherever possible.
Leveraging his highly reputable personal brand, this lovable South African performer brings a captivating combination of dynamism and sincerity to the speaker circuit.
BA (Law) from University of the Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from Wits Business School.
Nominated multiple times for the SAMA awards – has won four times.
Writer and producer in the music industry – has established his own record, production, publishing and management companies.
Winner of two consecutive Kids Choice Awards, two consecutive Crystal Awards, YOU magazine award for Best South African Musician, and The South African STYLE Award.
Danny K was the first South African musician to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Co-founder of the anti-crime non-profit organisation SHOUT (with Kabelo Mabalane) in 2007.