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Embalasasa Import

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EMBALASASA interweaves many subjects dear to Samite, native African fables and their morals, musings on the journey of life of the experience of grief, of childhood and of nature. His virtuosic performances (vocal, kalimba and flute) imbue the album with heartfelt emotion that billboard Magazine noted when it said that Samite raps his warm voice around melodies that seem to rise up off the Ugandan plateau, caressed by his kalimbas and other native instruments.

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Some African-music purists complain about Samite's polish and Western pop leanings, but the Ugandan-born singer and multi-instrumentalist is simply searching for connections with people of all kinds. Here he shares stories (the liner notes explain his native lyrics) about the ravages of AIDS in Africa and its effect on the children while somehow still managing to sound hopeful. His yearning and breathy mid-range voice isn't particularly dynamic, but it fits his subdued arrangements. The music is mostly a spare blend of acoustic guitar and flute as well as kalimba and other African percussion instruments. The tempo picks up to a gentle gallop on "Setula" and the hypnotic instrumental "Nalubale," which is driven by an interlocked tapestry of percussion and electric guitar. The title track is equally compelling, but with a Western slant that recalls the acoustic fusions of Paul Simon or Vusi Mahlasela. Simmering with emotion and ideas, Samite gently leads listeners along a path noteworthy for its message and beauty. -- Tad Hendrickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Embalasasa 4:04
  2. Olusoka 4:43
  3. Nawe Okiwulira 4:14
  4. Kakokolo 5:09
  5. Look For The Sunset 3:51
  6. We Can Do Better 5:25
  7. Nalubale 6:38
  8. Not Alone 3:04
  9. Olugendo 5:42
  10. Setula 6:37


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Triloka Records
  • ASIN: B000CR8RG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Samite's newest effort is filled with poetry, beauty and spirit. Each piece has its own personality; each meets the ear with simple, rhythmic sound that is gentle and yet powerful. I first heard Samite tracks on several Windham Hill collections - all pieces from Stars To Share. Though beautiful, these have an unmistakably Windham Hill quality. Embalasasa, however, captures Samite's natural, indigenous sound. While listening, you can almost envision him sitting in the room, playing his music and telling his stories directly to you. I consider this CD is a treasure, taking me back to African dreams.
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Have had this CD since it was first released, and Samite is a good artist for a light, African sound. He has a very expressive voice, and his songs are melodic. He gives a synopsis for each song. This was my first Samite CD.
There is plenty of African rythm on this CD and soft music too. My kids even like this CD, and I will continue to be a Samite fan and have since purchased more of his music.
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