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Album Review

On Night to Night, a song meditation about the course of a day, Geoffrey Oryema attempted a change: For the music, he relied heavily on his main collaborator Jean-Pierre Alarcen, contributing only four own compositions out of 14 songs. The other songs are mostly written together with Jean-Pierre Alarcen; other musical ideas are contributed by his band musician Nicolas Fiszman and Daniel Lanois. As a result, some of Alarcen's contributions like "Miracle Man," "Dancing Steps," and "Bye Bye Lady Dame" (basically just another version of "Dancing Steps") are nothing more than lightweight pop tunes, and Daniel Lanois' composition "LPJ Christine," also played by him, sounds so unequivocally Lanois as if it somehow ended up on this record and not on one of Lanois' own solo releases.

The most substance is contained in Oryema's own contributions, and songs like "Passage at Dusk," the two versions of "Sardinia Memories" or "Nàa Dream," and some of his collaborations with Jean-Pierre Alarcen still make this an enjoyable record.


Born: April 16, 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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