Jean Paul Samputu

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Jean Paul Samputu

Jean Paul Samputu has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage. A winner of the prestigious Kora Award (the "African Grammy") in 2003, Samputu travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, bringing to his audiences not only traditional African singing, dancing, and drumming, but also a message of peace and reconciliation. A survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Samputu takes us to the most positive place of humanity through his spirit and graciousness. More than a talented and inspiring musician, Samputu is a model for anyone who wants to make a difference in this world today. Samputu began singing in a church choir, and was influenced by traditional and contemporary music, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Lionel Richie. After winning the Kora Award for Best African Traditional Artist in 2003, he arrived in the US in 2004 for Ten Years Remembering, an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. He continues his efforts to educate young people about genocide through panel discussions and forums at colleges and universities across the country. Samputu has been honored with the opportunity to share his message and his music at The National Civil Rights Museum for the 2005 Freedom Awards, where he performed in front of honorees Oprah Winfrey, and Ruby Dee, as well as the ceremony's host, Golden Globe Award winner Angela Bassett. He is one of only two African artists to perform for the World Culture Open at the Lincoln Center in New York, and has also performed for the UN High Commisioner for Refugees for World Refugees Day. Other performances include Duke University, as part of Duke's prestigious Performance Series, the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in North Carolina, Pace University and Pace Law School, and many other universities, churches, schools, and communities. Samputu sings in six languages and in styles ranging from soukous, and rhumbato to traditional Rwandan 5/8, Afrobeat, pygmy, and gospel. With his dance troupe Ingeli, he captivates audiences of all ages.

Inghe Kiragaza 1
Song
Wari Uri He Mana Favorite License Buy
Turengere Umwana Favorite License Buy
Urarunyambitse Favorite License Buy
Wari Uri He Mana? (Instrumental) Favorite License Buy
Igihe Kirageze Favorite License Buy
Bimaze Iki Kubaho Favorite License Buy


Inghe Kiragaza 2
Song
Gisa Favorite License Buy
Disi Garuka Favorite License Buy
Nimuze Tubyine Favorite License Buy
Ngarambe (No. 1) Favorite License Buy
Ampora Ku Mutima Favorite License Buy
Nyaruguru Favorite License Buy


Voicese from Rwanda
Song
Shimwa (Be Praised) Favorite License Buy
Ingoma (Drums) Favorite License Buy
Mu Ijuru (In Heaven) Favorite License Buy
Abaana (Children) Favorite License Buy
Psalm 150 Favorite License Buy
Mwami (King of Kings) Favorite License Buy
Yesu Wange (Thank you Jesus) Favorite License Buy
Iraganje (He Reigns) Favorite License Buy
He Made Us One Favorite License Buy
Ingoma 2 (Drums 2) Favorite License Buy
Amakondera (Horns) Favorite License Buy
Umukiza Araje (The Savior is Coming) Favorite License Buy


Abaana
Song
Sanyuka Favorite License Buy
Urusobe (Instrumental) Favorite License Buy
Karibu Mungu Favorite License Buy
Viens Danser Favorite License Buy
Kunda Inka Favorite License Buy
Rehema Favorite License Buy
Abaana Favorite License Buy
Ange Noir Favorite License Buy
Disi Garuka Favorite License Buy
Tamara Favorite License Buy