The Return
by Sampa The Great

— Released 13th September 2019

Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which...

Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more. It was also the #1 Most Played track on Triple J the week of release, and received love from Ebro Darden (Beats 1 / Hot 97), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Jason Kramer & Anthony Valadez (KCRW), John Richards, Larry Rose & Atticus (KEXP), and more and more. 

On “The Return” Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Many of them are the fruits of the network Sampa has built since first making waves in 2015 - following time spent studying in San Francisco and LA - as a new arrival in Sydney’s hip-hop and jazz freestyle nights. Since then, she’s performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track ‘Black Balloons’ for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz. 

Following recent live performances at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Dark MOFO (Tasmania - alongside FKA Twigs, Kelsey Lu, Nicholas Jaar), Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and a headline show at Hip-Hop Collection (Paris) - Sampa plays alongside Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House on 13th July, before joining Burna Boy - recent recipient of the BET Best International Act award - in New York’s Prospect Park on 19th July plus headline solo shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on 18th July and Gold Diggers in LA on 22nd July. She returns to the EU in November for a headline tour that includes XOYO in London, as well as stops in Manchester, Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and more.

The Return
by Sampa The Great

— Released 13th September 2019

Physical

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'The Return' 2LP - 2x140g black vinyl 6mm spine, gatefold sleeve including a 12x12 booklet. 

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'The Return' 2LPX - 2x140g coloured vinyl (LP1 in transparent green / LP2 in transparent Red) inspired by the colours on the Zambian flag, gatefold sleeve including a 12x12 booklet.

'Birds And The BEE9' Splatter LP - 1x140g clear splatter vinyl (gold, yellow and orange splatter) housed in 12” artwork sleeve. Includes download code.

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'The Return' 2LP - 2x140g black vinyl 6mm spine, gatefold sleeve including a 12x12 booklet. 

'Birds And The BEE9' Splatter LP - 1x140g clear splatter vinyl (gold, yellow and orange splatter) housed in 12” artwork sleeve. Includes download code.

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2x140g black vinyl 6mm spine, gatefold sleeve including a 12x12 booklet. 

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£19.00
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2x140g coloured vinyl (LP1 in transparent green / LP2 in transparent Red) inspired by the colours on the Zambian flag 6mm spine, gatefold sleeve including a 12x12 booklet.

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Tracklist

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  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    Mwana  (featuring Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo and Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. 2
    Freedom
  3. 3
    Wake Up (Interlude)
  4. 4
    Time’s Up  (featuring Krown)
  5. 5
    Grass Is Greener
  6. 6
    Dare To Fly  (featuring Ecca Vandal)
  7. 7
    Any Day  (featuring Whosane)
  8. 8
    OMG
  9. 9
    Light It Up (Interlude)
  10. 10
    Final Form
  11. 11
    Heaven  (featuring Whosane)
  12. 12
    Diamond In The Ruff  (featuring Thando, Krown)
  13. 13
    Leading Us Home
  14. 14
    Summer  (featuring Steam Down)
  15. 15
    Brand New  (featuring SILENTJAY)
  16. 16
    Give Love (Interlude)
  17. 17
    The Return  (featuring Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane)
  18. 18
    Don’t Give Up  (featuring Mandarin Dreams)
  19. 19
    Made Us Better  (featuring Blue Lab Beats, Boadi, Lori))
  20.  
    Play All (3)

Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which...

Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.

The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more. It was also the #1 Most Played track on Triple J the week of release, and received love from Ebro Darden (Beats 1 / Hot 97), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Jason Kramer & Anthony Valadez (KCRW), John Richards, Larry Rose & Atticus (KEXP), and more and more. 

On “The Return” Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Many of them are the fruits of the network Sampa has built since first making waves in 2015 - following time spent studying in San Francisco and LA - as a new arrival in Sydney’s hip-hop and jazz freestyle nights. Since then, she’s performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track ‘Black Balloons’ for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz. 

Following recent live performances at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Dark MOFO (Tasmania - alongside FKA Twigs, Kelsey Lu, Nicholas Jaar), Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and a headline show at Hip-Hop Collection (Paris) - Sampa plays alongside Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House on 13th July, before joining Burna Boy - recent recipient of the BET Best International Act award - in New York’s Prospect Park on 19th July plus headline solo shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on 18th July and Gold Diggers in LA on 22nd July. She returns to the EU in November for a headline tour that includes XOYO in London, as well as stops in Manchester, Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and more.