Famous Bands from Uganda Bands/Musicians

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

    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
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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
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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
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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

    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, + more
    • 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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    Madoxx

    Madoxx Ssemanda Sematimba is the stage name for the Ugandan roots reggae musician David Amon Ssemanda Ssematimba. He is popular in Uganda for his reggae ballads in Luganda, lives in Göteborg, Sweden.more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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    Philly Lutaaya
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    Philly Bongoley Lutaaya was a Ugandan musician who was the first prominent Ugandan to give a human face to HIV/AIDS. Before dying of AIDS, Lutaaya had spent his remaining healthy time writing songs about his battle with AIDS and touring churches and schools throughout Uganda to spread a message of ...more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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    Philipp Wachsmann

    Phil Wachsmann is an African avant-garde jazz/jazz fusion violinist born in Kampala, Uganda, probably better known for having founded his own group Chamberpot. He has worked with many musicians in the free jazz idiom, including Tony Oxley, Fred van Hove, Barry Guy, Derek Bailey and Paul Rutherford, ...more

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    • Albums: Icarus, The Needles, trioRAPHIPHI, Some Other Season, Improvisations Are Forever Now (1977-9)
    • Nationality: Uganda
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    Jimmy Katumba

    Jimmy Katumba was a Ugandan popular music singer. Starting out as a singer of gospel music in his early years, he rose to fame as the country's premier pop star from late seventies to the nineties. With a string of hits that charted from the late seventies to the late 90’s, Jimmy Katumba played a ...more

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    • Nationality: Uganda
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    King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo

    King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo is a Juno Awards nominated music artist.more

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    • Albums: Apaa-Idomo, Te-Kwarro, Dho-Mach (Sacred Gift)
    • Nationality: Canada, Uganda
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