Uganda's Geoffrey Oryema has La Lettre from the Heart
02 Apr 2012 01:41 PM
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On this week's Kampala Taxi Sessions, we'd like to introduce you to the legendary Paris-based Geoffrey Oryema - a Ugandan singer who managed to escape Idi Amin’s regime in 1977 under the cover of darkness, only to emerge 20+ years later as an internationally recognized artist whose music has received worldwide acclaim. Among the critics, Oryema’s music has been described as a “fully realized absorption of Western pop, African traditions and the creative need to define a very personal musical identity”.
But before Invisible Children launched their crusade against Joseph Kony, there was Oryema’s open letter to the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, asking him to embrace peace and stop using child soldiers. Oryema’s hope was that this song would draws the world’s attention to what happens to the children recruited as soldiers at an early age. “La Lettre” (Letter to commander Joseph Kony) is from Geoffrey’s album 2010 entitled “From The Heart”.
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