• RiddimStyle Staff Writer

Introducing Sampa The Great

Introducing Sampa the Great from Melbourne Australia, she is a rapper who was born in Botswana and raised in Zambia. Drawing on styles such as reggae, dancehall, jazz, hip hop and grime. The genre-sampling artist is making a big name for herself with some very innovative music. So far she has achieved a lot in the Australian music scene, she won the Australian Music Prize for Best Album of 2017, and a cash award of A$30,000 for her second mixtape, Birds and the BEE9. She is signed to the UK imprint Ninja Tunes, her debut album, The Return was released in 2019 to widespread acclaim. Sampa is now ready to take her music the to the rest of the world.

With standout songs, such as Energy, Final Form and Black Girl Magic, Sampa has establishing herself not only as rapper in the Australian scene doing Larrikin rap, but also a thoughtful politically conscious defender of the feminine “energy”. Although based in Melbourne, African iconography and sentiments are ever present in her style and music. Sampa is ever aware of her responsibilities of bridging the gap between her life in Australia and her roots in Zambia and Botswana and its political implications. In a recent interview, she declared,

“I don't choose to do any political music, my life is political. This is the life experience of a black woman and because there's not that much representation in hip-hop, it will automatically be political.”

In late 2019 she collaborated with reggae star Chronixx, on an amazing remix of his song Black is Beautiful expanding her global reach as her songs are getting exposure in Jamaica.


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