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Samite: A Journey From Refugee Camp To The International Stage—And Back

Samite playing flute
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public Radio
Samite Mulondo.

Samite Mulondo went from a refugee camp in Kenya to collaborating with Paul Simon. This hour, the musician and Uganda native joins us in the studio to share his story and his music.

Samite escaped violence in his native Uganda in the wake of Idi Amin’s brutal reign and eventually built a successful music career in the U.S. Later in life, Samite traveled to refugee camps around the world to share his music with people who suffered from trauma. Now, Samite is telling his life’s story in a one-man play "Resilience" which premieres tonight at the University of Saint Joseph. We talk with Samite about the play and he performs in our studio.

The world premiere of Resilience is Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30 pm at the University of St. Joseph’s Autorino Center in West Hartford. CT. Get tickets here.

Watch Samite playing in the Where We Live studio:

Samite performs "Resilience" 

Samite performs "Waterfalls"

Samite performs "Munomuno"


  • Samite Mulondo - internationally acclaimed musician and humanitarian. He’s a native of Uganda and the star of a biographical one-man play called “Resilience”. His new album, also titled "Resilience", will be released in June. 

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The music at the end of each segment comes from Samite's upcoming album "Resilience", which will be released in June 2018.

Lydia Brown, Carlos Mejia, and Ryan Caron King contributed to this show. 

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