PARIS – Ugandan music legend Geoffrey Oryema has died in France.
Oryema, 65, who has been living in France for a while died of the cancer of the bones on Friday June 22.
Oryem was born in Soroti district on April 16, 1953 and started his music career in the 70s. He was a renowned afro-pop-rock artiste confirming the news of his demise, Mr Gerald Omony, a relative said:
“On behalf of the greater family of Late Erinayo Oryema, I wish to inform you with the deepest sorrow, the sudden loss of my beloved uncle, an internationally renowned Ugandan musician, Geoffrey Oryema that occurred this afternoon in France where he was a resident,” said Omony on facebook.
Oryema was a son to Erinayo Wilson Oryema, Uganda’s first African Inspector General of Police (IGP) and later the Minister of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning.
Erinayo Wilson Oryema was was brutally murdered during Idi Amini’s regime.
Oryema Jnr released his first album Makambo and Land of Anaka in 1991
Oryema is best known for being the pioneer for all “Live acoustic music.
He had a great run as his songs like “Lapwony”, “Mara”, “Sardinia”, and “Nakupenda” among othersothers, topped charts .