The 2012 Brunell Visiting Scholar of Cayuga Community College, Samite Mulondo, will perform his final public event, a free end of the semester concert in conjunction with College Student chorus and jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St.
World-renowned musician, photographer, and humanitarian, Samite’s performances involve a harmonious blending of voice and traditional African instruments, including the kalimba (an African thumb piano), the marimba (a percussion instrument), the litungu (the traditional Lyre), and various flutes. Samite’s passion for music was instilled as a child born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute.
Samite witnessed genocide and human rights violations as a former refugee under the dictatorship of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. In the midst of war, disease and heartache, he has traveled to countries such as Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire, in hopes that his music would inspire feelings of healing, peace, and hope for the future.
“While performing, I see that people are able to forget their differences and join as one in the moment; my hope is for that moment to last,” Samite said. “If we can make that moment last, the world will be a better place.”
One of Samite’s many accomplishments include the founding of Musicians for World Harmony in 2002, an organization that enables musicians across the globe to promote peace, understanding, and harmony through music. Other successes include eight internationally released CDs, his most recent 2010 CD entitled My Music World, and the soon to be released CD called Trust, which includes his composed soundtracks for the film Addiction Incorporated.
Migrating to the U.S. in 1987, Samite currently lives with his wife Sandra in Ithaca, N.Y. He has spent a great amount of time at CCC this semester performing and sharing his experiences through lectures, classes, and faculty enrichment programs.
For more information about Samite, visit www.samite.com.
The Brunell Visiting Scholar program is administered by the College Foundation.