Sampa The Great, ‘The Return’

For her debut LP, Sampa The Great, AKA Sampa Tembo, crafts some wonderfully slick, genre-bending rap. With influences that range from traditional Hip-Hop through to Southern African traditional music, this is an album that defies any one genre-specific label. Sampa calls upon her many musical connections, including those of Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down, which she formed over the years spent honing her talent before the release of ‘The Return’. Centred around questions of home and identity, Zambia-born, Botzwana-raised, Australia-based Sampa The Great dismantles the labels that are all-too-often put upon Hip-Hop. She proves to be a force to be reckoned with: following on from ‘The Return’, Sampa The Great can only go from strength to strength.

Sampa the Great: The Return album art work