'Embalasasa': Healing Scars of Child Soldiers, HIV

Samite plays the thumb piano for an audience at the State Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y.

Samite plays the thumb piano for an audience at the State Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y. Liesl Henrichsen/Samite.com hide caption

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From 'Embalasasa'

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African children who have been forced to kill as soldiers are not a lost generation, according to Ugandan musician Samite. The acclaimed singer and instrumentalist talks about how Africa's child soldiers inspired much of his latest CD, Embalasasa, and about his broader mission to help young African victims of war.

Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. In 1982 he fled to Kenya as a political refugee and continued his musical instruction. He now entertains audiences worldwide with vocals in his mother tongue, Luganda, and original compositions played on kalimba (finger piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (a seven-stringed Kenyan instrument) and traditional and Western flutes.

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Embalasasa
Artist
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Label
Triloka Records
Released
2006

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