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Music Legend Geoffrey Oryema's Body Cremated

Jude Ogik, the family attorney says cremation was the last wish of the Worlds celebrated legend granted to him on Saturday. He, however, adds that preparations are underway to bring back the ashes to his ancestral home in Pabit Parish, Purongo Sub County, Nwoya district.
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The body of renowned France-based Ugandan music legend Geoffrey Oryema has been cremated.  Oryema succumbed to cancer on Friday, ending a journey that he started in 1977, when he fled to France at the height of Idi Amin's regime, smuggled through Nairobi in the trunk of a car.

Jude Ogik, the family attorney says cremation was the last wish of the World's celebrated legend granted to him on Saturday. He, however, adds that preparations are underway to bring back the ashes to his ancestral home in Pabit Parish, Purongo Sub County, Nwoya district. It is still unclear when the ashes will arrive.

Ben John Okot, the LC III chairperson of Purongo Sub County says residents on Saturday held a vigil in Tangi Ward in Pabit West Village, in honour of their own, the son of Anaka, who lifted the Ugandan flag high, through his melodies and his message of peace.

Nwoya district chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema describes the deceased as an icon for patriotism. He says Oryema consistently used his music to define the African root to Ugandans in exile and the entire world.

 

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Many expressed condolences at the passing of the legendary musician who produced more than 33 songs after news of his demise got confirmed by Gerald Omony, a relative on Friday.

The legendary singer was a son to Erinayo Wilson Oryema, Uganda's first African Inspector General of Police (IGP) who also served the country as Minister of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning. He was the only child of the late Erinayo Oryema left in exile after others including Gertrude Oryema returned home to Uganda. He died at 65.

His father Erinayo Wilson Oryema was a cabinet minister who was brutally murdered in unclear circumstances - allegedly on President Idi Amin's orders.  Since leaving Uganda at the age of 24, Oryema returned home in December 2016 for the first time in 40 years. His last tour and concerts were in Kampala and Ouagadougou Jazz Festival in April 2017.

Oryema was born in Soroti district on April 16, 1953. He rose to international fame singing in languages of his youth; Swahili, Acholi, English and later French. His first songs Makambo and Land of Anaka were released in 1991 earning him fame and recognition while in exile. He was voted the World's best musician for his song Land of Anaka from the Album "The African Odysseus" which he performed in the fusion of Acholi and English Language.

His other classics include Listening Wind, Ye Ye Ye, I struck The Wall, Umoja, Market Day, Magendo, Land of Anaka, Magical Song, Payira Wind and Spirits of My Father.