Sampa the Great

Bio

Sampa The Great released her acclaimed “Birds and the BEE9” mixtape in 2017. Working with a close circle of producers - including Kwes Darko (Slowthai / R&S / Black Acre), Silentjay (Rhythm Section) and Sensible J (Remi) - the release found inspiration in spiritually-minded gospel and chants to neo-soul and hip-hop, intertwined with Sampa’s clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook. Described by The Observer as a record in which “categories dissolve around her”, support for Sampa The Great has come from the likes of NPR, Clash, Okayplayer, Okayafrica, Bandcamp, XLR8R, Huck, Mixmag, Rolling Stone AUS, Complex, Noisey, Vibe, Gal Dem and more. “BEE9” was also the winner of the prestigious Australian Music Prize Best Album Of 2017 (previous winners and nominees include Jordan Rakei and Courtney Barnett). With radio support from Zane Lowe and Julie Adenuga (Beats 1); Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1); Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan and Don Letts (BBC 6 Music); Jamz Supernova and Mistajam (BBC 1Xtra); NTS, KCRW and more.

Her new single ‘Final Form’ was released on 5th June 2019 alongside an official video. Named Zane Lowe’s World Record, it is Sampa’s first new music for 2019 and sees her fiercely delivered lyrics entangled with a warm, tightly wound beat. Produced by longtime collaborator Silentjay - and mixed by Jonwayne of Stones Throw Records notoriety - it draws inspiration from the energy of their shared inspirations in classic hip-hop.

Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and now based in Melbourne, her upbringing continues to bear an influence on her music. Moving to Australia six years ago, the connections she made there have propelled her to where she now stands. Living in Sydney when she first arrived, it was the shock of losing a close friend which prompted her to take the leap to try to become an artist. Going to the city’s weekly Jazz Hip-Hop Freestyle sessions for the first time, she went onstage to join the band and continued to go there each week, building up a network of like minded music heads. It was there that she connected with producer Dave Rodriguez (Godriguez), who she worked with on 2015’s “The Great Mixtape” and again for the 'Blue Boss' single. In 2016 Sampa released "Heroes Act 2" a collaboration with Estelle and Rahki as part of a project with Red Bull Sound Select. Following the success of “BEE9”, Sampa capped off 2018 with new single ‘Energy’ - premiered via Zane Lowe’s show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and clocking up over 1M views on Youtube. She also recently collaborated with Denzel Curry on his Triple J ‘Like A Version’ session.

Music

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Time’s Up (Remix) Competition feat. [Niambi Ra & BeeTaylor]
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Make This Magic Love of Ours (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Female (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Call Us (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Rhymes to the East (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Blue Boss (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Class Trip (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Black Girl Magik (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Doo Wop (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Weoo (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Flowers (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Inner Voice (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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Bye River (Triple J Live at the Wireless)
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A Note from Sampa the Great #TimesUpRemix
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Time's Up Remix (Download Instrumental) #TimesUpRemix
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Time’s Up (Remix) [feat. Junglepussy]
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Light It Up (Interlude)
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Time’s Up (feat. Krown)
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Dare To Fly (feat. Ecca Vandal)
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OMG
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Brand New (feat. SILENTJAY)
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Don’t Give Up (feat. Mandarin Dreams)
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Heaven (feat. Whosane)
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Any Day (feat. Whosane)
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Summer (feat. Steam Down)
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Made Us Better (feat. Blue Lab Beats, Boadi & Lori)
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Diamond In The Ruff (feat. Krown & Thando)
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Leading Us Home
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The Return (feat. Alien, Jace XL, Thando & Whosane)
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Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir & Theresa Mutale Tembo)
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Wake Up (Interlude)
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Freedom
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Give Love (Interlude)
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Grass Is Greener
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Final Form
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Rhymes To The East (Edit)
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Bye River (Edit)
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Energy (feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi)
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Through The Greatvine (Prod. silentjay)
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Healing
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Flowers (feat. REMI)
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Protect Your Queen
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Can I Get a Key
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Black Girl Magik (feat. Nicole Gumbe)
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Casper (feat. Syreneyiscreamy)
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Karma The Villain
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Inner Voice (feat. Mwanje Tembo)
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The Truth
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I Am Me
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Healer (feat. Zaachariaha)
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Bye River
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Rhymes To The East
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HERoes (The Call)
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Mona Lisa
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HERoes (The Response)
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2 4
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Blessings
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Blue Boss prod. Godriguez
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Black Dignity
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Videos

Sampa The Great - Live Performance ARIA Awards 2020
Sampa The Great - Black Atlantis - Planet Afropunk Performance
Sampa The Great - Live Performance: Black August
Sampa The Great - Live performance: Black Girl Magik - Benefit Concert
Sampa The Great - Time’s Up (feat. Krown) (Official Video)
Sampa The Great - Live Performance: Roots Picnic
Sampa The Great - Africa Day Live Performance
Sampa The Great - The Return - A Short Film
Sampa The Great - The Return live at Red Bull Music Festival Melbourne - Recap
Sampa The Great - Made Us Better (feat. Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Don’t Give Up (feat. Mandarin Dreams) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - The Return (feat. Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Give Love (Interlude) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Brand New (feat. SILENTJAY) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Summer (feat. Steam Down) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Leading Us Home (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Diamond In The Ruff (feat. Thando, Krown) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Heaven (feat. Whosane) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Light It Up (Interlude) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Any Day (feat. Whosane) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Dare To Fly (feat. Ecca Vandal) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Grass Is Greener (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Time’s Up (feat. Krown) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Wake Up (Interlude) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir)
Sampa The Great - Freedom (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - OMG (Official Video)
Sampa The Great - Final Form (Official Video)
Sampa The Great - Africa Tour
Sampa The Great - Energy (feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi)
Birds And The BEE9 Show Recap - London 2018
Sampa The Great feat. Nicole Gumbe - Black Girl Magik (Official Video)
Sampa The Great - European Tour Diary 2017 - Episode 3
Part III - Inner Voice
Part II - Branches
Part I - Rage
Sampa The Great - UK Tour Diary 2017 - Episode 2
Sampa The Great - UK Tour Diary 2017 - Episode 1
Sampa The Great - HERoes (The Response)
Sampa The Great - HERoes (The Call)

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