Samite - Founder of Musicians for World Harmony at Thrasher
Traditional African musician, Samite, is performing at the Thrasher Opera House in
The turmoil Samite witnessed in his home country is what gives his music such passion. He has worked, not only through his music, but through various humanitarian programs to heal the suffering that this region has endured during the past two decades. His modern African folk music reveals the soul of
Samite’s humanitarian work deserves just as much acclaim as his music. He is the director of Musicians for World Harmony, a 501©3 organization which sponsors musicians visiting and performing in refugee camps and resettlement communities in
In 1997, he returned to
When Samite plays the kalimba (finger-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan instrument), traditional and western flutes, and demonstrates his vocal talent in the refugee camps, the light of joy returns to children's eyes. Samite's music is a joyful collection of heartfelt, trans-cultural songs. His warm voice wraps around melodies which are caressed by his native instruments.
In the past 13 years, Samite has released eight CDs in the
“My new upcoming CD, Embalasasa, is scheduled to be released in February 2006. I am very excited about the songs on this CD; they reflect not only where I am now, but also where I am going. I feel like this music is warm, open, and adventurous at the same time,” says Samite.
Samite was invited to write a soundtrack for a documentary film on the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2004, Wangari Muta Maathai. “I felt privileged to be part of the project. It was special to me because I believe the work Wangari has done is important for the continuation of the human race on this earth. Coming from
Samite, a talented songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumental musician and humanitarian, brings the heart and soul of