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We share with you another message from Samite on the African Music Blog, in answer to a question asked about the music that he personally listens to.
“I am often asked what kind of music I enjoy listening to and what music inspires me. My taste is broad and varied because the music I listen to depends on the mood that I am in.
However, there is one group of musicians that I can listen to anytime – no matter where I am or what I am doing. I met these musicians in Soroti, Uganda while visiting IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps that house those who have been forcibly moved from their homes due to conflict. I will tell you more later about the work that I do in these places.
I call these musicians the “Soroti Boys” – they did not have a name for themselves and I knew they deserved one. They made the most amazing music on the kalimba, and a traditional string instrument called an adungu – a nine-stringed arched harp that has the silhouette of a sail boat at sea, and of course their voices were beautiful instruments as well.
If I did not tell you my name for this musical group, the falsetto voices of some of the members would trick you into believing you hear women singing. They played kalimbas of a few different sizes that represented the sounds of bass, solo, and rhythm guitars.
I was very fortunate that they allowed me to record them performing which is why I am able to share it with you today. I think you will enjoy this taste of music from Uganda. - Samite Mulondo”
“Wewe ndugu zangu”
(“For you my friends” – Swahiri)
You may listen to the Soroti Boys by using the built in mp3 player here:
You may also download the song here: Soroti Boys mp3