The rise of Zambia-born Sampa Tembo AKA Sampa The Great has been spectacular to watch. A female poet and singer-songwriter who expresses herself through music, poetry and visual art, Sampa captures you with her thought provoking words, yet keeps you laughing and enjoying the simplicity of creativity.
Sampa dropped a Soundcloud release ‘Blue Boss’ in 2016 which reached #1 on Hype Machine and got picked up by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, reaching 1 million Spotify plays in 2 months.
“It’s a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms.” With those four simple terms, Sampa the great describes her astonishing debut release, The Great Mixtape. Tembo has a penchant for poetry and weaves dense lyrical mazes with her verses, drawing listeners into a lush, imaginative world. The debut 12-track mixtape flows through a collection of experimental beats by producer Godriguez and left-field rhymes shaped by Sampa’s wide-spanning influences of Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Thandiswa Mazwai, Asa, Nneka and Yasiin Bey.
Sampa has won over a wave of adoring fans with her live show having been chosen to support Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibeyi, Little Simz, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Joey Bada$$ along with her sold out headline shows and festival slots at Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Laneway, Lost Paradise, WOMAD & Vivid Live.
Her late 2017 follow-up album “Birds And The BEE9” has set the precedent for 2018 to be the year the world meets Sampa The Great.