Date:   10/10/2014

Samite; the Soul of Africa and the sounds of the Serengeti

Traditional African musician Samite, known as "The Soul of Africa” is performing at the historic Thrasher Opera House, in beautiful downtown Green Lake, on October 10th at 7:30 p.m.  Samite was born in Uganda, but in 1982 fled as a political refugee to Kenya. He made his way across the country playing in the African Heritage Band and the Bacchus Club Jazz Band.

After mastering an array of  instruments Samite decided to play solo where he could exhibit his talented mellifluous vocals, kalimba (finger-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan instrument) and various flutes. 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.

Samite, however, is more than just a talented musician, he is also a humanitarian. He is the founder of Musicians for World Harmony, a group which sponsors musicians visiting and performing in refugee camps and resettlement communities in Africa. In 1997, he returned to Uganda with a documentary film team. The PBS documentary "Song of the Refugee" documents his remarkable experience of traveling to the refugee camps and singing for poverty-stricken children.

Samite places acclamation for his charity work higher than the many honors he has received for his music.  His third US album, "Silina Musango", reached number two on the CMJ World Music Chart, but rather than record sales he wants to open peoples' minds and hearts to the common threads of human concerns.

Tickets to hear this soulful and passionate performer, are available for $23 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake), Pick N' Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon), Twister (Princeton), or by calling (920)-294-4279. Tickets are also available online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

This performance is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

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