Sampa the Great

Bio

Sampa the Great (born Sampa Tembo) is an Austalia-based poet, singer-songwriter, and rapper from Zambia.

Sampa Tembo was born in Zambia and raised in Botswana. She was based in Sydney, Australia from 2014 to 2018, originally coming to Australia to pursue a degree in audio production at the SAE Institute. As of 2018, she is based in Melbourne. Before going to Australia, she had previously studied in San Francisco for two years and Los Angeles for a year.

Her debut mixtape, The Great Mixtape, was released as a free download in 2015, and was eventually released on CD and vinyl by Melbourne label Wondercore Island. Tembo described the mixtape as "a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms", and credits her African youth for inspiring the "political consciousness" on the record. The mixtape was produced by Sydney producer Dave Rodriguez, who performs under the name Godriguez. Tembo and Rodriguez met at a jazz and hip-hop freestyle in Sydney. Tembo's vocals for the mixtape were recorded in just two takes.

Tembo released an EP in 2017, HERoes Act 2. In an interview, she called it "a snapshot of a time of uncertainty and doubt, and the realisation that those aspects are very normal". On the EP, Tembo collaborated with British artist Estelle and producer Rahki.

In 2017, Tembo released the mixtape, Birds and the BEE9, a record that "crosses hip-hop, soul, jazz, gospel and reggae", on the Big Dada label. It was produced by Sensible J, Silentjay and Kwesi Darko The record won the Australian Music Prize in March 2018. Birds and the BEE9 received positive reviews. The Guardian noted influences from Lauryn Hill.

Tembo is due to release her debut studio album later in 2018.

Music

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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
01:21
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I Am Me
03:34
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Healer feat. Zaachariaha
03:03
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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
02:21
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Blessings
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Blue Boss prod. Godriguez
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Black Dignity
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CHEEKYSAMPA (SMOOTH MIX) prod. Godriguez
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Deal With It Prod. Godriguez
01:29
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My own blues prod. Godriguez
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Intro The Great
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MR. VALENTINE
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SAMPA TEMBO (breath B4 Death poem)instrumental
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Videos

Sampa The Great - Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir)
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 - Don’t Give Up (feat. Mandarin Dreams) (Official Audio)
Sampa The Great - Made Us Better (feat. Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori) (Official Audio)
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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Profile added by Carlos Ncube on 13 Jul 2018
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