Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter, and peace activist from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage. His 16th, and most recent, album is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify among other stores near you.
Having survived the Genocide of 1994 in Rwanda, Samputu went on to win the prestigious Kora Award (the “African Grammy”) for Best African Traditional Artist in 2003, as well as numerous international awards, including the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville.
In 2004, he was chosen as only one of two African artists to perform at the 'World Culture Open' at the Lincoln Centre in New York. He was also invited to perform with his band in front of Angelina Jolie and Condoleeza Rica at the National Geographic Museam in Washington to commemorate World Refugee Day.
Samputul travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, bringing traditional African singing, dancing, and drumming, and most importantly, a message of peace, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love.
He also continues his efforts to educate young people against genocide through panel discussions and forums at colleges and universities. Samputu's music testifies to the tragedy as well as to his hopes for the future.
Samputu is the Patron of APIE (A Partner in Education) , a British non governmental organisation supporting primary school education in Rwanda.
Also, Samputu is the Patron of Hope in the Heart, a British non governemental organisation involved in "empowering people to improve their lives, communities and worldby accepting their challenges, uniting with others and nourishing the spark of hope within."
Furthermore, Samputu is the Ambassador of Music Action International, a British non governmental organisation that engages with "singing and songwriting to support war and torture survivors find peace through personal expression and collective experience."