Samite was born and raised in Uganda, but left as a political refugee in 1982 following his brother’s death. He spent some time playing with the popular African Heritage Band and the Bacchus Club Jazz Band. During this period, Samite studied Ugandan traditional musical instruments and rhythms with passion. After only a few years, he mastered the kalimba (thumb-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan instrument) and various flutes, both traditional and western. Combining these melodious instruments, he mesmerized audiences with his original compositions and eventually played solo at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.
Samite emigrated to the United States in 1987 and now resides in Ithaca, New York. Since his arrival he has produced
several albums. These albums conjure dream-like images and folk tales and images from his native land. They contain a collection of joyful, melodic, multicultural songs featuring kalimba melodies, which are the heartbeat of Samite’s music.
In 1998, Samite signed with Windham Hill and worked on compilations with Will Ackerman and one of his favorite Windham Hill artists, George Winston. Samite was featured on two of Windham Hill’s popular releases, "Sound of Wind Driven Rain" and "Summer Solstice II." His success has been due to his musical ingenuity and his passion.
Samite spent the summer of 1999 traveling through parts of Africa filming a PBS documentary, "Song of the Refugee." This documentary captured his first visit to Uganda since he left in 1982 and was inspired by his desire to present African refugees’ hopes for the future in spite of the loss and suffering they have endured. The coverage focused on the violence and destruction taking place in Samite’s native land, as well as a cry for reconciliation and a healing process.
Samite's 2003 CD,
Tunula Eno, written and recorded during the last year of his beloved wife Joan's life, is an album of celebration of all that makes us human: love, loss, endurance, hope. It is a joyous album conveying optimism through stories and songs. Indeed these songs are a reflection of life itself: the innocent wonder of childhood (Kite Kitere), motherhood, (Yangu Ni Yako), marriage (Mwatu), village life (Maama Yi Baaba), politics (Obubaka), peace (Agalilala) and everlasting love (Tunula Eno)
Samite reflects on these experiences, as well as many other elements of his homeland, while captivating audiences by performing soothing songs and dance from his and other African cultures.
Dance My Children Dance (Shanachie Records 65003, 1990)
Pearl Of Africa Reborn (Shanachie Records 65008, 1992)
Silina Musango (Xenophile Records, 1996)
Stars to Share (Windham Hill Records 11426, 1999)
Kambu Angels (Wind Over Earth, 2001)
Tunula Eno (Triloka Records, 2003)
Embalasasa (Triloka Records, 2005)
My Music World (2012)
Trust, soundtrack (2012)
Official Web Site: http://www.samite.com