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Geoffrey Oryema during a concert in Mainz, Germany, 13 March 2001
16 April 1953
|Died||22 June 2018 (aged 65)|
|Occupation||Musician Musical career|
Geoffrey Oryema (16 April 1953 – 22 June 2018) was a Ugandan musician. In 1977 after the murder of his father, Erinayo Wilson Oryema, who was a cabinet minister in the government of Idi Amin, he began his life in exile. At the age of 24, and at the height of Amin's power, Oryema was smuggled out of the country in the trunk of a car.
Oryema earned his international reputation on the release of his second album, Beat the Border. He had collaborated with Peter Gabriel and others, and was backed by French musicians including Jean-Pierre Alarcen (guitar) and Patrick Buchmann (drums, percussion, backing vocals), touring with WOMAD in Australia, the USA, Japan, Brazil and Europe. In 1994 the band performed at Woodstock 94 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the legendary festival.
- Exile (1990)
- Beat the Border (1993)
- Night to Night (1996)
- Spirit (2000)
- The Odysseus/Best Of (2002)
- Words (2004)
- From The Heart (Released on Long Tale Recordings) (2010)
- Official Website
- Long Tale Recordings
- Yahoo! Music Biography
- Real World: Geoffrey Oryema: Night To Night
- A conversation with Geoffrey Oryema, an interview by Opiyo Oloya
- Biography at World Music Central
- "France Based Ugandan Music Legend Geoffrey Oryema Dies at 65". Kampala Post. Retrieved 23 June 2018.