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Sampa The Great

Sampa Tembo is a woman of the world. She grew up in Zambia and Botswana. At the age of 21 she moved to Australia to study music production. She found Sydney’s vibrant scene to be particularly stimulating. Tembo met likeminded people during weekly jazz and hip-hop sessions and she started making her own music. Her mix tape ‘Birds and the BEE9’ (2017) won the Australian Music Prize, the most important music award down under, immediately making her $30,000 better off. Her activist rap songs also gained the admiration of Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar. However, all this time she longed to return to Zambia. Concerts in the capital, Lusaka, were enthusiastically received, though she was also informed that she was ‘different’. This formed the basis of ‘The Return’, her first real album, which came out last year on the quality British label Ninja Tune.

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