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One of the greatest artists worldwide

Glad to see he is still making music!

Potent batch of songs following a long absence

This album contains a mix of songs, roughly half of which concern African civil war and the pressing ganging of children into armies. Those songs are sad, but potent, and contain some jaw-droppingly beautiful singing by Oryema. The rest of the songs lighten the record, but are also solid songs. As a long-time fan, I’d confidently declare this Oryema’s strongest record since Beat the Border. Note that he's in folk-rock/rock band mode here: don’t expect much kalimba playing or African instrumentation.


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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