With Process, it was time for Sampha to tell his own story. The album would go on to become one of 2017’s most acclaimed records culminating in Sampha winning the world-renowned Mercury Music Prize. The year would also see Sampha collaborating on a range of visual projects. These included his ‘Shy Light’ zine with London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner and LA-based photographic duo Durimel, and a film, also titled Process, with acclaimed director Kahlil Joseph (famed for his work with Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce among others) that served as a visual accompaniment to the album, shot between Morden and Sampha’s ancestral home of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In January 2018, Sampha was nominated for a Brit Award in the Best British Breakthrough category.