Geoffrey Oryema’s The River now available digitally


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Geoffrey Oryema’s second album, 1993’s Beat The Border, Real World Records have made the official music video for the album’s lead single ‘The River’ available digitally for the first time.

The single, which features a remix by Brian Eno, is also now available to stream on Spotify, and other digital platforms.

The follow-up to his 1990 international breakthrough Exile, Geoffrey enlisted producers Bob Ezrin and David Bottrill, along with guitarist/composer Jean-Pierre Alarcen, to bring an electric soul to Beat The Border: a cultural collaboration of western pop/rock and African traditional melodies. The album was included in Q Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 1993, and Billboard described it as ‘a harmonious marriage between traditional and Western influences.’

Following the release of Beat The Border, Geoffrey joined the 1994 WOMAD USA Tour, and appeared on stage with Peter Gabriel at Woodstock ’94. He also performed ‘The River’ as a duet with Peter live on The Today Show on NBC.

“Where many of his contemporaries struggle to reconcile African and western influences, Oryema hits the button with evident ease. World music for all.”
★★★★ Q MAGAZINE, 1993

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Photo credit: Stephen Lovell-Davis.