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Ugandan music legend Geoffrey Oryema dies


Ugandan music legend Geoffrey Oryema is dead. He was 65. The news of his death was reportedly revealed by the performer’s relative Gerald Omony, according to The Observer, The BBC and Le Parisien.

Oryema was based in France at the time of his death.

A statement released to the press said: “Mr Gerald Omony, on behalf of the greater family of Late Erinayo Oryema, wishes to inform you with the deepest sorrow, the sudden loss of their beloved uncle, an internationally renowned Ugandan musician, Geoffrey Oryema that occurred this afternoon in France where was resident. Uncle Geoffrey had been battling cancer for quite some time.”

The 65-year-old singer was the son of a Ugandan cabinet minister, Erinayo Wilson Oryema, who was murdered.

The talented artist sang in Swahili, Acholi, English and French. His first songs Makambo and Land of Anaka were released in 1991 earning him fame and recognition while he lived in exile.