Sampa the Great
Being told as a child by that she couldn’t rap with a group of school boys “because you’re a girl” set a determined future course for Sampa the Great. Born in Zambia but raised in Botswana, at age nine she decided to dig deep into this new found love of hip-hop when she first heard 2pac.
Her mesmerising performances meander from spoken-word to pure hip-hop rapping, with experimental beats and left-field rhymes shaped by influences including Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill. Her spellbinding debut release ‘The Great Mixtap’ charts the sound of an adventurous young mind pushing against all the boundaries. She sums it up herself with four simple terms. “It’s a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms,” she says. To listen is to learn.