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Sampa the Great


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Zambia-born, Botswana-raised, Sampa’s upbringing continues to bear an influence on her music. Her debut album - “The Return” (Out Sept 13th on Ninja Tune) - references range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds.
Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa redefining her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.
“The Return” has been championed by Annie Mac (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), KCRW & KEXP; Pitchfork, The Guardian, Vulture, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Hypebeast, Crack Magazine and many more.
The album features contributions from Jonwayne, MsM (Skepta/BBK), Andrei Eremin, Silentjay, Kwes Darko (Slowthai), Clever Austin (Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats. Syreniscreamy, Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down.
Her mixtape “Birds and the BEE9” won the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2017 - sharing nominations with the likes of Tame Impala, Jordan Rakei, and previous winner Courtney Barnett. The Observer effused that “categories dissolve around her”, drawing praise from NPR, Okayplayer, Mixmag, Rolling Stone, Complex, and Noisey amongst others.
Sampa will be playing headline shows worldwide in support of the album and has toured globally supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz.


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