Written while listening to Achilla’s 2004 CD, Dho-Mach (Sacred Gift)…
The Ugandan and Canadian world music communities received sad news this past week, that lukeme player Achilla Orru passed away at the age of 53. apparently as the result of heart disease.
Achilla’s wife, Rose, lives in Uganda, but had just recently been granted a visa to enter Canada. There are fundraising efforts beginning to help her and their three sons (aged between 2 and 6) to get to Canada.
Stay tuned for updates.
I believe Nadine McNulty will be including a tribute to Achilla tonight, Sunday Feb. 10 on “Karibuni”, CIUT 89.5 (6-8pm, also available on CIUT’s archives for a week beginning Monday).
Below, a video profile of Achilla when he received the 2009 Skills for Change 2009 New Pioneer Arts Award.
Below, Achilla at the 2009 Afrofest in Toronto.
And a clip from the same performance found on YouTube: