February 07, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series of performing art and experimental music continues with a performance by Ugandan folk musician Samite on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

Samite was born and raised in Uganda. His primary schooling was within the King's Courtyard where the royal musicians played for the King. That daily influence permanently instilled within him the rhythms and patterns of the traditional music of his people, the Baganda. 

In 1982 he fled to Kenya as a political refugee, where he played with the Bacchus Club Jazz Band and the popular African Heritage Band.

Traditional Ugandan music

Increasingly drawn to instruments and rhythms from the traditional Ugandan music scene, he eventually played solo at the Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nairobi, where he sang original and traditional songs in his mother tongue, Luganda, while playing on the kalimba (finger-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan instrument), and various flutes.

Samite, who immigrated to the United States in 1987, makes his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He has performed in a broad variety of venues throughout the county.

He performed live on the nationally syndicated radio program "Echoes," and recorded a live performance for the Ngoma Channel on XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Samite and to see and hear video and audio clips of his performances, visit http://www.samite.com.

The performance, which is free to the public, is funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 7, 2008

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