Facutly Fellow

Kirsten Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Study Guide and Reading List


Family four-pack available!



About the Artist:

Samite, the world-renowned musician, humanitarian and photographer, was born and raised in Uganda.  Because of the oppressive rule of Milton Obote, he was forced to leave Uganda when he was in his early twenties.  His experiences under Obote and Idi Amin's brutal dictatorships, his time as a refugee in Kenya and other defining life experiences inform not only his music, but also his humanitarian work with the non-profit organization, Musicians for World Harmony, which Samite founded in 2002.  Samite has composed the soundtrack for the award winning film, "Taking Root:  The Vision of Wangari Maathai" about the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya, for the film, "Addiction Incorporated," about the work of Victor DeNoble, the whistle-blower in the tobacco industry and many of his songs appear in a variety other films.  Samite is also the subject of the documentary, "Song of the Refugee," shown on PBS and filmed in East and West Africa chronicling Samite's return to Africa and the beginning of his beginning of his humanitarian work.  He released his 11th CD, "Resilience" in the fall of 2018.  In this work, Samite explores the strength and resiliency of the human spirit   Samite and his band bring his music to audiences around the country and the world.  You will hear kalimbas, a litungu (African harp), and a variety of other traditional instruments, flutes, percussion, guitars, and  Samite's smooth, mesmerizing vocals. reminding us that music really is the universal language.


This is event is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.