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Sampa The Great Announces Sophomore Album 'As Above, So Below', Confirms UK And European Tour

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

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Sampa The Great has announced her sophomore album.

The Zambian-Australian poet and rapper will release 'As Above, So Below' on September 9 via Loma Vista, following up 2019's 'The Return'.

Alongside the news, she's released the second single, Never Forget, an alluring offering that blends poetry and rhythm while celebrating her home country's cultural influences. It features fellow Zambian artists Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé. Sampa commented:

"Never Forget is an ode to Zamrock music, a genre born in the 70's combining traditional Zambian music and psychedelic rock. In particular, the song focuses on kalindula music. This tribute was inspired by the band Witch and their lead singer Mr Jagari Chanda, who has become one of my musical mentors. I discovered Zamrock later in my life and was surprised that this music was known globally, yet not fully celebrated and acknowledged in Zambia today. It hit home for me as I felt similarities in my own journey, having had my career take off outside my birth country. I thought it was fitting to pay homage to those who came before me and merge past, present and future through music and imagery; passing the baton from one generation to the next. The archival footage in the clip includes the late great Paul Ngozi, the late president Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia’s first president) and the legendary Witch." 

Head below to view its accompanying cinematic video directed by Rhara Nembhard, Imraan Christian, and Furmaan Ahmed. It follows her previous single Lane with Denzel Curry, released in April.

As part of a wider European tour, Sampa The Great will play shows in London and Manchester on October 12 and 15, respectively. Tickets go on general sale at 10am this Friday, July 1.

'As Above, So Below' tracklist:

1. Shadows 
2. Lane feat. Denzel Curry 
3. Never Forget feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason, Mwanjé
4. Mask on feat. Joey Bada$$ 
5. BONA 
6. Can I Live feat. W.I.T.C.H 
7. Imposter Syndrome feat. James Sakala
8. Tilibobo 
9. Lo Rain feat. Mwanjé 
10. IDGAF feat. Kojey Radical 
11. Let Me Be Great feat Angélique Kidjo

Sampa The Great Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed October 12 2022 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
Sat October 15 2022 - LONDON KOKO

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