Stars to Share
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The quietly haunting music of Ugandan expatriate Samite is a good match for the atmospheric Windham Hill label. Like his compatriot Geoffrey Oryema, Samite's music tends to be evocative, and on Stars to Share the mood evoked is less chipper and more contemplative than some of his previous albums.

Though he sings mostly in Luganda and laces the songs with plenty of kalimba (thumb piano), marimba, and litungu (Ugandan lute) lines, Samite also utilizes modern keyboards and effects in creating his pensive songs. The resulting album is virtually seamless, and in stark contrast to much of the high-power dance music currently coming out of Central and East Africa. - Craig Tower

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