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World-Renowned Ugandan Flutist and Humanitarian Samite Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center

World-Renowned Ugandan Flutist and Humanitarian Samite Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Music of Uganda with Samite takes place at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. as part of the World Music Series. Single tickets are $30 for adults; $26 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $22 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase packages and tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Samite (Sæm ē tay) is a world-renowned musician, humanitarian, and photographer. One of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists, Samite travels the world with his organization, Musicians for World Harmony, spreading a message of peace and hope through the healing power of music. He combines smooth vocals with the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes.

As Founding Director of Musicians for World Harmony, Samite brought his message of peace to a wide audience. He performed his arrangement of the traditional Baganda song “Ani Oyo” for the Dalai Lama in 2007 during Bridging Worlds with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Ithaca, New York. In 2009 he performed at Connecting For Change, part of the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue, hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Then in the fall of 2011, Samite performed and spoke at the United Nations Refugee Agency’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in New York City.

Samite wrote and performed scores for documentaries and award-winning films such as Alive Inside and Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai. His music is inspired by his travels and humanitarian work, as well as his childhood memories and experiences as a refugee. He has traveled extensively through the distressed regions of Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire to work in refugee camps, with former child soldiers, and with orphans suffering from AIDS.

Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute and when he was 12, a music teacher placed a western flute in his hands. 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 on their small horse farm in upstate New York.