Ugandan veteran musician Geoffrey Oryema died in Paris, France yesterday. Aged 65, Goeffrey has been living in Paris for a while and he is largely known for his song ‘Land Of Anaka’ which made him famous in 1991.
The sad news broke by another celebrated musician and close friend, Joel Sebunjo, indicated that Geoffrey Oryema died on Friday evening with the actual cause of his death still unknown. Joel also indicated that they had plans of recording music together in Lyon in September and his gratitude to the late singer for his exceptional work.
Geoffrey Oryema’s fame was largely contributed to by his second music album Beat The Border which was released in 1993 and instantly gained him global recognition.
Geoffrey fled to France in 1977 after the murder of his father, Wilson Erinayo Oryema, who was a cabinet minister in Idi Amin’s government. He was ‘smuggled’ across the Ugandan border through a car trunk at a young age of 24. He has been living in France since until his death yesterday.
He only returned to Uganda aged 34 in November 2016 when he held a concert for his fans.
Rest In Peace Geoffrey!