ON STAGE: Sampa the Great play Splendour in the Grass 2018.
ON STAGE: Sampa the Great play Splendour in the Grass 2018. Marc Stapelberg

Sampa returns with new album

The Return is Sampa the Great's new album.

Sampa Tembo, known as Sampa the Great, is a Zambian-born Australian singer-songwriter, and rapper.

The artist has described the new album as a characterful record, with reference points ranging from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds.

Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, the album is a record of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

The release follows recent live performances at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Dark MOFO , Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and a headline show at Hip-Hop Collection (Paris).

For the artist, returning is what she's been trying to do for the past six years: to find new ways of feeling at home and rediscover an emboldened idea of herself.

"Home is described in a lot of ways and means a lot of different things to different people," she said.

"I had to redefine in my mind and in my spirit what home means."

The album is both a re-telling of that journey, and the realisation of her aim.

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