In review - Trust Therapy
I admit that I have sat on the recording Trust by Samite, Charles Evans, Jr. and Tony Cedras for over a month because I didn't know how to frame the music on the CD. First, and most important, Trust acts as a fundraising album for Samite's nonprofit Musicians for World Harmony which brings music and music therapy to at-risk groups in Africa, mainly East Africa. Second, the CD comes with a warning that the music that appears on the recording is from the movie Addiction Incorporated in which Samite composed the soundtrack. And with all that gravity, you probably expect sad ballads with social messages, none of which you will find on this CD.
From: The Whole Music Experience
Making it Beautiful and Deep
Renowned Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Samite develops new East African instrumental music on his latest CD, titled Trust. For this project, Samite decided to focus on the melodic traditions of East Africa, leaving drums and percussion out.
"We wanted to stay away from drums and percussion on this album," says Samite, "and to get people to hear other parts of African music. We wanted to take out the drums, yet still retain the music's power and the ability to make people dance. To make it beautiful and deep."
Beautiful indeed. On Trust , Samite skillfully blends Uganda's Bakisimba rhythm, reggae, jazz, call and response techniques and other influences.
Together, this ensemble makes powerful, instrumental music that is rich in East African melodies and draws inspiration from Cedras' South African upbringing. Samite regularly visits Uganda and Congo with musicians and music professionals to work with local musicians, children, and other displaced people to bring relief to their trauma through the power of music. Check out Samite performing "Mutoto" below. Mutoto means young child in Swahiri. In this song, the young child is a mountain gorilla who is happy that people came to visit his family in peace. Trust is available now so pick it up at your local record store.
From: Splinters and Candy
CD Review: Samite's 'Trust'
Ugandan-born and US-based, Samite brings an acoustic style to East African music that is instrumental, upbeat, and brimming with sparkling notes of contemporary beauty. On Trust, which is the soundtrack for a documentary film--Addiction Incorporated--Samite paints images of acoustic beauty with twinkling kalimba, airy flute, folksy accordion, jazzy trumpet, and other assorted winds, strings, and percussion. The mostly instrumental work contains not only acoustic guitar and some electric guitar, but penny whitles, piccolo, cello, and trombone. The upbeat, rumba and highlife style of the instrumental music is very enjoyable overall. Fans of African jazz, mbira, folk, highlife, contemporary African music, and instrumental fusion will love Samite's latest release. ~ Matthew Forss
From: Inside World Music
Samite - Trust
If Samite's aim is to explore the options from across this continent, he has brought in plenty of colour to do so. There is a sauntering trombone or trumpet here, a sprightly piccolo or lazy acordion there, or a cello that responds to the guitar and kalimba parts behind it.
Once a refugee in Kenya from war in his homeland, Samite found his way to New York. After some time expressing his musical heritage there, he was asked to contribute to the documentary Addiction Incorporated. Trust comes from the music in that film, but Samite has brought in others to play many of his parts, leading to a wider palette of tones and more expertise. His main collaborator is Tony Cedras, a guitarist, who has worked with Paul Simon.
From: The Phantom Tollbooth
The African kalimba ace moves his sound and career in a new direction with this soundtrack for the pic "Addiction Incorporated". The trust part comes about as he's opened himself up to working and playing well with others and letting other players play parts he normally would have played himself. Sounding like something Paul Winter should have stumbled across by now, kalimba is front and center knocking you out right away with what a charming sound the little hand instrument makes---particularly when in the right hands. With a little too much pepper in the mix to be a trance session, Samite opens up a whole new world beat room of African music that really charms as it cooks. Fun stuff adult ears will get immediately when on the prowl for something really different. Check it out. While it might not be for everyone, it's a natch for those it's for.
From: Midwest Record
Record Review: Samite - Trust (2012)
This is an album rooted in East African tradition albeit with a sound that rarely springs out from that continent. Remarkably, there are no percussions here, which comprise the biggest and most celebrated part of the African sound. Guitars, cello, flute, bass and Samite Mulondo's (the main composer of the album) kalimba nail down one eloquent melody after the other in imaginative song arrangements. The album is built on musical ideas of Samite, which accompanied the documentary 'Addiction Incorporated' – showcasing the corruption of the tobacco industries and the way they have been manipulating consumers. All proceeds from 'Trust' will be given to 'Musicians For World harmony', in support of people displaced or traumatised by conflict.
From: Freegan Kolektiva