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With its sample based beats and hard-hitting drums blasting ‘bakibaki’ through the speakers,
the Rotterdam artist makes Dutch hip-hop with influences from his Japanese background.

Aran Abe aka KIIRO, born 2000 Tokyo Japan, lives and works in Rotterdam. The stage name KIIRO
is a nod to his Japanese background. KIIRO means yellow in Japanese.
KIIRO’s concise lyrics, in combination with his choice of words, low voice and lazy way of rapping
demand immediate attention.

In 2022 he won the Sena Performers Grote Prijs of Rotterdam for best Hip-hop act,
and he has been nominated for the Rotterdam Music Awards in the category “The Promise”.

On Friday, May 19, 2023, he released his debut EP “Gogetter”.
For this he has done two radio interviews at FunX and a mini-tour of three shows including:

– Bevrijdingsfestival South Holland May 5 with a live band
EP Release Party at BIRD with Lusho & Brokezart on May 17th
– A show in Paard café The Hague May 19

His second EP “Tokyo Joe” is set to be released on March 29, 2024, and a national tour named the “SELFMADE TOUR” is scheduled for this, alongside support act WOWI. The four shows will take place in the most iconic venues in the Netherlands, featuring promising rappers from the scene:

– February 22, 2024: Tivoli Vredenburg (Cloud nine) with Nelcon
– March 2, 2024: Melkweg (OZ) with Farao and Oykie
– March 15, 2024: Paard (Small Hall) with Jack Faded & Wally A$M
– March 30, 2024: BIRD (Big Hall)

Tickets for the “SELFMADE TOUR” can be purchased via this link.

With his single “Hoofd Vooruit” he has been invited to perform the track at radiostation FunX, and the national newspaper AD has written an article about him.

In addition to rapping on his own tracks, KIIRO regularly works on productions for other artists.
As a producer he also regularly collaborates on productions for commercials & TV with a number of companies including: Sizzer & Massivemusic in Amsterdam and in Tokyo.
See an overview of his works here.

For the full list of Kiiro’s tracks & productions see this playlist.

His ambition is to be an established name in Japan and the Netherlands within the next two years.