The world-renowned Samite was brought up in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play traditional African flute. When he was twelve, a music teacher introduced him to the western flute, setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. He performed to enthusiastic audiences throughout Uganda until he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee in 1982. Samite immigrated to the United States in 1987, where he began his work as a frequent performing and recording artist and impassioned humanitarian.
In 2002, Samite founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. In that capacity he travels to sing, play music, and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. Over the past 17 years, he has traveled and performed in the war-torn and distressed nations of Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire to work in refugee camps, with former child soldiers and with AIDS orphans.
Samite has recorded 11 albums to date, most recently Resilience, the music of which is accompanied in live performance by a one-man theatrical show. He also composed and recorded the soundtracks for two films, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathi and Addiction Incorporated. As a result, the sound of Samite’s smooth vocals, accompanied by kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes has reached and captivated audiences around the world, and led the New York Times to write that “When Samite translated his songs, their serenity seemed almost miraculous.”
Samite’s performance is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state art agencies.
“Samite wraps his warm voice around melodies that seem to rise up off the Ugandan plateau, caressed by his kalimbas and other native instruments.” ~ BILLBOARD