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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kenyan Musician & Filmmaker @ SOHO Santa Barbara, Dec 6th

After more than a decade-long hiatus, Kenyan singer/songwriter Patrick Mureithi has
reentered the music world with his 10-song debut album, This I Believe.
After an arm injury forced Patrick out of performing, he directed his creative energy
towards documentary filmmaking including “ICYIZERE: hope,” a film that focused on a
gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and
“Kenya: Until Hope is Found,” a film about healing from trauma after the country’s
2007/8 post-election violence that the late film critic Roger Ebert called “An urgent
documentary by a filmmaker I admire.”
His music, however, remained an outlet, a way to make sense of the world and connect
with those around him. Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, about the time
his arm began to fail. “I used music to deal with a lot of my grief,” Mureithi says. The
struggles led to the title track of his recently released album:
Brother, forgive me, my peace I have lost. Before you stands a shadow. What I have
yesterday, gained is awash. And who knows if there is tomorrow?
But Mureithi also draws from joyful moments from his life. While planning for a family
road trip, one of his daughters jokingly suggested taking a school bus.
So in our School Bus, we explore our world, ain’t got no Lexus, but I got you girl, it’s
Summer come Winter, it shine when it rain, love’s an adventure and, adventure’s
untamed
— “School Bus”
This I Believe is a melange of Delta blues, folk, reggae, and hip-hop, with songs that
range from hopeful to forlorn to whimsical, all deeply spiritual. Ten songs, written over
the past decade, feature Patrick playing acoustic guitar, slide guitar and ukulele. He
decided to put the album together after a good friend and fellow musician recently
passed away.
“He died with his music still in him,” Patrick says. “He was a gifted musician who always
encouraged me yet never recorded anything. I wanted to have something to leave for my
children and my grandchildren. It may not be perfect, but it’s who I am and where I am at
this point in time.” You can listen to the entire album at PatrickMureithi.bandcamp.com
Patrick plays at SOHO Santa Barbara on December 6th from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are
$10 and all ages are welcome. For dinner reservations visit sohosb.com.
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Contact

Patrick Mureithi
Phone: 417.496.8251
Twitter: @MureithiPatrick
Facebook: PatrickMureithiMusic
PatrickMureithi.bandcamp.com

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