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From The Heart

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From The Heart - a return to form for Geoffrey

I loved Exile and Beat the Border but felt the successive albums were a little too European for me. This is a return to form where Geoffrey is passionate about events in his native Uganda and has the courage to speak out about events past and present. 1964 hints at how events of that year turned his life upside down.

Bombs are Falling shows his revulsion of WAR and how it ruins peoples lives and the big track is La Lettre which is his plea to Joseph Kony the leader of the Lords Resistance Army to come to the negotiating table.

This is a bold record from a statesman of African music.


Born: 16 April 1953 in Soroti, Uganda

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Most artists have to pay their dues, but very few have to be smuggled out of their birth countries to avoid death on the way. But for Geoffrey Oryema, that was the only way to survive. Born in Uganda, he was the son of a civil servant who was a police chief and then a cabinet minister and from his father he learned the local folk music, as well as the nanga (the harp), in addition to studying Western music in school. However, these were dangerous times in the country, with the mad dictator Idi Amin...
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