Sydney audio graduate takes music world by storm


6 Oct 2016

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Sydney audio graduate takes music world by storm

6 Oct 2016

SAE Sydney graduate Sampa Tembo (aka Sampa the Great) is taking the international music scene by storm, cementing her place as one of Australia's finest emerging performers.

Yesterday the Sydney-based artist debuted her first spoken word video and revealed the concept behind her latest project, HERoes - a unique slam poetry video that Sampa calls an introduction to herself as an artist. Launched through Red Bull Music you can find out more about the HERoes video on their website here.

Graduating earlier this year with a Bachelor of Audio (Studio Production), Sampa was drawn to music from a young age, citing Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill as early musical influencers. A love of hip-hop during her school years in the US led Sampa to pursue a music career in Australia.

Recently named as a headline act for Laneway Festival 2017, Sampa is recognized as equal parts artist and poet. The 23-year-old entwines her poetry through each beat, playfully switching styles to ensure it engages you on every level.

Sampa's debut release The Great Mixtape is described as an effortless blend of spoken word, R&B, hip-hop and jazz. Produced by Godriguez, the DJ behind Sampa's live shows, the album was released in September 2015 during her final year of studies.


The rise of Sampa the Great has been one spectacular feat. Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and now based in Sydney, the artist sheds light on socially conscious themes with thought-provoking lyrics while artfully combining her effortless street style.

Rising through the ranks to join the country’s hip-hop royalty, Sampa hit the spotlight when she secured the coveted opening set for US rapper, Kendrick Lamar, during his Australian tour in March. This wasn't the first time Sampa had been chosen to support a major international act, having toured with Fat Freddy's Drop and local band Hiatus Kaiyote. She also scored festival slots at this year's Splendour In The Grass festival and Triple J's One Night Stand to add to her performances at Golden Plains, WOMAD and Sydney’s VIVID Live, where Sampa joined Hiatus Kaiyote for a performance at the Sydney Opera House.

Since The Great Mixtape dropped last year, Aussie artists are lining up for collaborations. Urthboy’s singleSecond Heartbeat feat. Sampa The Great and Okenyo hit the airwaves earlier this year followed by her collaboration with Remi onFor Good feat. Sampa The Great’.

When news dropped that Sampa had released a new original tune, Blue Boss, it sent ripples through her fan base earlier this year when the single hit number one on Hype Machine, was picked up by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and clocked over 1 million Spotify plays within the first two months. In fact, Blue Boss has recently been shortlisted as a 2016 Finalist for The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions.

You can catch Sampa the Great performing next month at her first ever headline show in Sydney at the Oxford Art Factory in November, followed by another show in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel, before she flies to LA to perform at The Regent Theater for Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days In LA concert series.


Facebook: @sampathegreat
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