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College Foundation Brings International Musician, Humanitarian, and Photographer Samite to Fulton Campus

DATE: 04-16-2012

Samite will give free public concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton

This year’s Brunell Visiting Scholar—the world-renowned musician, humanitarian, and photographer Samite Mulondo—will be a featured presenter and performer on Tuesday, April 24 during a series of public events in Fulton, sponsored by the Cayuga Community College Foundation.

At 12:30 p.m., Samite will lead a discussion of Uganda’s culture and music as it connects to storytelling and mythology, in conjunction with Professor Kelley Rowley’s Mythology Class. The discussion will be in F-146 on the Fulton Campus, 806 W. Broadway. At 7:30 p.m., Samite will be the featured performer in a concert in the auditorium at G. Ray Bodley High School, 6 William Gillard Drive, Fulton. Both events are free and open to the public.

His musical performances incorporate his voice, kalimba (an African thumb piano), marimba (percussion instrument), litungu (traditional Lyre), and various flutes.

Samite has released eight CDs internationally, and in 2009, the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, which features his original score, debuted nationally on PBS. Samite released My Music World, in 2010, which he has described as capturing more of who he is than any of his previous albums. Most recently, Samite composed the soundtrack for the film Addiction Incorporated and his tenth CD, Trust is scheduled to be released in early 2012. His first live CD, Samite Live: A Collection was just released digitally.

Samite is the subject of the documentary, Song of the Refugee, distributed by PBS in 1998. During the filming, Samite began his humanitarian work in Liberia, Cote D’Lvoire, Rwanda, and Uganda. In 2001, he founded the non-profit organization, Musicians for World Harmony.

Samite has spent much of the spring semester at Cayuga Community College, holding master classes, sharing his experiences, delivering lectures, hosting faculty enrichment programs, and performing for the campus and broader community.

His final public event as Cayuga’s Brunell Visiting Scholar will be in a join concert with Cayuga CC student chorus and jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 in the Bisgrove Community Theatre on the Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St.

For more information about Samite, visit www.samite.com. For more information about Samite’s events at Cayuga, contact Professor Howard Nelson at nelson@cayuga-cc.edu or 315-255-1743.

The Brunell Visiting Scholar program is administered by the College Foundation.