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Samite with Siama
October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm$15 – $18
The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was twelve, a music teacher placed a western flute in his hands setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. He performed frequently to enthusiastic audiences throughout Uganda until 1982, when he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee. Samite immigrated to the United States in 1987, and now he and his wife Sandra make their home in Ithaca, New York. Today his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world.
Samite has released eight albums internationally and in 2009, the film Taking Root: The Vision of Angari Maathai, which features his original score, debuted nationally on PBS. Samite released My Music World, in 2010 and, as he states, the album captures more of who he is than any of his previous albums. “It represents influences from all the places I have been, from my childhood in Uganda, and my life in Kenya as a refugee, to my current travels in Africa with my work for Musicians for World Harmony. I am always inspired by my surroundings– my childhood hikes into the forest, my teenage years in Kampala, and my visits to refugee camps and orphanages.” Most recently, Samite composed the soundtrack for the film Addiction Incorporated and his ninth album, Trust (Inspired by the soundtrack for the film Addiction Incorporated} was released in early 2012.
ABOUT SIAMA MATAZUNGIDI
Renowned Congolese guitarist Siama Matuzungidi recorded hundreds of songs and toured the world with popular Soukous artists. Now based in Minneapolis, he’s known for his intricate acoustic guitar, spirited singing, catchy songs and traditional African instruments like Mbira and Balafon. His lush 2016 release, “RIVERS – from the Congo to the Mississippi” was lauded by Songlines and BBC and his charming Congolese Rumba-inspired kids’ album, “The Land of Yangalele”, received a Parents’ Choice Parent Approved award.
For this show, Siama will perform solo with acoustic guitar and voice.