Samite | Music and Song from Uganda
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021 at 12 Noon (ET)
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Samite was born and raised in Uganda, but left as a political refugee in 1982. He spent the following few years in Kenya where he studied African traditional musical instruments and rhythms. He mastered the kalimba (thumb piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan lyre) and various flutes, both traditional and western, and learned both traditional melodies and original compositions. He played with the popular African Heritage Band and the Bacchus Club Jazz Band, and played frequently at the Mount Kenya Safari Club and other leading Kenyan venues. Samite emigrated to the United States in 1987, and continued to play traditional and original music, as well to compose for film scores. He has released albums on the Shanachie, Triloka, Xenophile, and Windham Hill labels, as has been featured on compilations from Putumayo, Ellipsis Arts, and Narada. Samite spent the summer of 1999 traveling through parts of Africa, filming a PBS documentary titled Song of the Refugee, inspired by his desire to present African refugees’ hopes for the future in spite of the loss and suffering they have endured. Samite founded the humanitarian non-profit organization Musicians for World Harmony in 2002. His recent work, Resilience, features "On the Same Journey," which was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2019. In his concerts, Samite reflects on these experiences by performing songs and music from his and other African cultures.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from March 10 - September. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.