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Oryema plays the nanga, a zither described as having seven strings, though some have one string that runs seven times across the instrument making them hell to tune. This is half of a terrific CD — wonderful except when Brian Eno and co. get in on the act and undercut it. You can program out the well-meaning-but-blah bits — unless you disagree anyway, in which case all is well. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Biography

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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