Thursday, February 23, 2012
With a tranquil voice that glides over notes like silk, East African flutist Samite delivers twelve tracks of entrancing folk music on his album My Music World.
Samite, who produced the album himself, has toured the world expanding his music’s reach to countries such as Tanzania, Liberia and Kenya. He travels to Pittsburgh this week to perform at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland on Sat., Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. His performance is presented by Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society.
My Music World reveals several of Samite’s strenghs as a songwriter and vocalist. He demonstrates an impressive control over his breathing in “If I Could Fly I Would Fly to This Song,” in which his voice does not quaver even during the longest notes. His ability to blend his voice well with a background of percussive instruments can be heard in “Ninze,” a playful tune with an upbeat melody.
The high point of the album comes with “Tusimbe Emiti,” a slow, airy song with female background vocals that complement Samite’s rich tone. Each percussion part can be heard clearly, and the steady rhythm makes it relaxing yet energizing. Overall, My Music World triumphs by lulling its listeners into a mellow atmosphere of colorful instrumentation and calming vocals.
Tickets for Samite’s show are $38 in advance, $43 at the door and $20 for student rush. For more information, call Calliope at 412-361-1915 or visit www.calliopehouse.org.