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?"


Somi is an American singer and songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. ...more

Albums: If the Rains Come First, The Lagos Music Salon

Nationality: Uganda, United States of America, Rwanda

Labels: Harmonia Mundi, ObliqSound

Career Began: Uganda

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

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 ...more

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 ...more

Albums: Secular Music From Uganda

Nationality: Uganda

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