As a young boy Daniel was always playing his guitar and was inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Motown and jazz musicians like Django Reinhardt.
In 1977 Daniel started composing his first records, with his debut-single ‘You make my world so colourful’ as a result. The single was followed by his LP’s Sahuleka 1 and Sahuleka 2, with well provided pop music that established Daniel Sahuleka with a huge public in both Europe and Indonesia, where he still has huge success.
The LP Sunbeam was released in 1981 in Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Japan, from which the single Wake Up became an enormous success. Daniel was awarded with an Edison, Holland’s most acknowledged music award, for best album in 1982.
In the early eighties, after momentous success and touring with the ‘Daniel Sahuleka Band’ in Europe, performing almost daily and following his solo success in Asia, Daniel withdrew from the music scene.
Without the pressure from the record companies, Daniel released his CD The Loner in 1990 followed by the live-album I Adore You in 1993. I Adore You became a huge hit in Asia, as a result Daniel was invited to come to Indonesia and got a lot of publicity by newspapers, magazines and broadcasting media. He performed in Jakarta, Banding, Yogyakarta and Semarang.
In 1995 Daniel returned to Indonesia where he was awarded an honorary doctors degree on the campus of the Medical Faculty in Yogyakarta. The students loved him and cheered: ‘You have not only sung for us, you gave us a lecture Daniel!’
The multiple visits to his birth country and further travels trough Asia have left its tracks. His music brought him into all sorts of social circles and chaotic circumstances and situations. Coming home in Holland Daniel started composing again and he recorded After The Jetlag, which is a reflection of some of the chaotic experiences during his travels.
A lot of fans asked Daniel to record an acoustic album with only his voice and a guitar, it resulted in the recording of Colorfool in 2003. While you are listening to this beautiful album and close your eyes, you are taken away to the field of harmony, piece and love.
In the DVD era Daniel was doing a concert at ‘Theater De Regentes’ in The Hague. This special event was filmed by movie director Mirco Cocco and the audio was recorded by Daniel’s sons Jaim and Joel Sahuleka. The DVD If I Didn’t is recorded in 2006 and is released in Europe and Asia.
Daniel was invited to come back to Indonesia again, he played two nights for an outrageous audience at JavaJazz Jakarta 2006. They sang along with his evergreens, like Don’t sleep away the night, I Adore You and You make my world so colourful. It was not surprising that so many young people attended the concerts, as their parents kept listening to Daniel’s music and their children became fans too. Now that youngsters of the third generation are becoming fans too, we can be sure that the ‘abadi’ (forever) songs will be forever and ever.
At the end of the second performance at JavaJazz Daniel was honoured by Jakarta’s Governor Mr. Sutijoso. He was invited a couple of days later by Mr. Sutijoso (Bang Yos) to come to his residence and there he officially told Daniel that he had become ‘The Citizen of Honour of Jakarta for singing so beautiful on this JJF Festival, his songs of peace and harmony’. The association of musicians, composers and arrangers from Indonesia rewarded Daniel with the highest music award for his music theme ‘Coming from and travelling to Indonesia’.
In May 2007 Daniel returned to Jakarta for concerts and he released his DVD in Indonesia, Singapore and the Benelux. In Jakarta he was invited in big television shows like Empat Mata, Extravaganza and Ciriwis (Trans 7 TV).
Again on invitation of a Jazz Pop organization Daniel returned in November 2008 to the big Asian metropole Jakarta and gave his fans on an ‘Under the Skyline Acoustic Concert’ and Metro TV made a one hour profile of Daniel meeting all his friends which was broadcasted on December 25th (Christmas).
in 2011 Daniel is writing a book about his experiences around the world and it will be published in Asia and Europe. The Latest CD release is in September of 2011
Time Series Activities
2010 Daniel wrote a book about his experiences around the world and it will be published in Asia and Europe. The title is Daniel And His Songs with tabs / lyrics and the story.
2010 Daniel returned again to Indonesia and toured to Surabaya, Bandung Jakarta
2010 Daniel performed on New Years Eve in Yogyakarta for the Recovery of the Merapi at the Sheraton Hotel.
2011 Daniel toured his “City Tour” to Medan, Makassar, Bogor, Bandung, Semarang and Jakarta
2011 Daniel was invited by TV One for a show about his live called “Satu Jam Lebih Dekat”
2011 After performing in the NataL National Celebration 2012 Daniel spend again New Years Eve among Jakartans and on January 4 he was invited by Tommy Tjokro at Metro TV in the 8-11 Show
2012 Daniel was invited by the Ambassador of Indonesia in Washington to come to the Diaspora Event in Los Angeles. He performed there solo for an diverse audience and he got the Indonesian Diaspora Award for Culture and Arts on July 7. He is very proud being awarded.
2012 Daniel travels for the first time to Ambon for his ” Ambon Pulang Kampong Tour” where perfoms at the Theathre in Karang Panjang where he was tradittionalley welcomed by Music Tjakalele and Dance a very touching moment in his career
2012 Daniel perfoms solo A Colourful Afternoon for the 6 th time in The Hague in Theatre De Regentes
2013 Daniel is recording a new album which will be a big surprise for music lovers all over the world and this album shall be released in Japan Indonesia Singapore and the US in Spring the colourfull season.
2013 expected in April or May Daniel will perform in Jakarta
2013 Daniel recorded a dedication album for his father called Dad’s Request with 8 beautiful jazz songs Like Blue Moon Begin the Beguine and these tracks are released in I Tunes Worldwide in February 2014
2014 Dad’s request, the album, shall be released in Indonesia in November by Disc Tarra. Daniel is returning in November for a tour starting at Balai Sarbini Concert Hall on November 14.