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Famous Bands from Uganda

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List famous Ugandan bands and solo musicians, listed by popularity with photos when available. These popular bands from Uganda come from a number of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk and acoustic. These might not necessarily be the best Ugandan bands, but this list contains a majority of the greatest bands from Uganda. Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Ugandan musicians to discover some great new bands and artists.

List bands include Samite, King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which bands are from Uganda?" and "Which bands are popular in Uganda?"
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    Somi is an American singer and songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. more

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    • Albums: If the Rains Come First, The Lagos Music Salon
    • Nationality: Uganda, United States of America, Rwanda
    • Labels: Harmonia Mundi, ObliqSound
    • Career Began: Uganda
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    Geoffrey Oryema is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bands from Uganda
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    Geoffrey Oryema is an internationally renowned Ugandan musician. In 1977, at the age of 24 and at the height of Idi Amin's power, Oryema was smuggled across the Ugandan border in the trunk of a car, after the death of his father, Erinayo Wilson Oryema, who was a cabinet minister, beginning a life in ...more

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    • Albums: Spirit, Beat the Border, Exile, Night to Night, The African Odysseus: The Best of Geoffrey Oryema, + more
    • Nationality: Uganda
    • Labels: Real World Records
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    Bernard Kabanda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bands from Uganda
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    Bernard Kabanda Sslongo was an Ugandan guitarist. He had just realised fame in the world music circuit through his appearances at WOMAD in the USA and the UK in 1999 before he died of AIDS less than two months after his performance at Womad's Reading festival, aged only 40. Before he died, he recorded ...more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
    • Labels: Real World Records
    • Career Began: Kampala, Uganda
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    James K. Makubuya is a Ugandan-born ethnomusicologist, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, and choreographer. He plays several traditional instruments from various parts of Uganda, including the endongo and adungu, endingidi, amadinda, akogo, and engoma. Makubuya was born in the town of Gayaza, and is a ...more

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    • Albums: Secular Music From Uganda
    • Nationality: Uganda
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    George Wilberforce Kakoma

    George Wilberforce Kakoma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bands from Uganda
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    George Wilberforce Kakoma was a graduate of Trinity College of Music and Durham University who composed "Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty", Uganda's national anthem. Prior to Uganda's independence, three sub-committees were established to deal with Uganda’s national symbols. The sub-committee for the creation ...more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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    Saba Saba

    Saba Saba, also known as Krazy Native is a hip-hop artist and social activist from Uganda. Saba Saba began his hip hop career in 1993 with the group Bataka Squad. Saba Saba is now a solo artist, but remains a member of Bataka Squad, along with fellow members Babaluku and Shillingz. Saba Saba, who along ...more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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    Samite is the stage name for African musician Samite Mulondo. Originally from Uganda, Samite now lives in Ithaca, New York. He plays the flute and kalimba, a type of thumb piano. Samite is also a co-founder of Musicians for World Harmony, a nonprofit organization that introduces music to African ...more

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    • Albums: Pearl of Africa Reborn, 'Abaana Bakesa' Dance My Children^! Dance, Embalasasa, Stars to Share, Tunula Eno
    • Nationality: Uganda, United States of America
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    Kaz Kasozi

    Kaz Kasozi is a musician and film score composer. more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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