Sampa The Great ‘The Great Mixtape’
SAMPA THE GREAT (AKA Sampa Tembo) is one of those multi-talented singer/songwriter/rapper/genius types. She may call Sydney home these days, however she was born in Zambia, raised in Botswana. She is one edgy and adventurous musician. Her debut release The Great Mixtape is a journey through her search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms.
Ticking all the boxes from rap and hip hop to soul, jazz, blues, R&B, tinges of psychedelia and a lot of experimental successes; The Great Mixtape is produced by Godriguez and leaves no stone unturned in Sampa The Great’s search.
Each track has a unique spin, with Sampa’s gutsy voice keeping them linked. In fact gutsy is the best way to describe all 12 tracks on the mixtape. As a fan of poetry, at times the tracks launch into her spoken voice, like a poetry reading emphasising the often political messages within the tracks.
Busting out the words “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in the track ‘Jamal’, offer the best explanation that can be given for The Great Mixtape. ‘Revolution’ is a stinging history lesson in black oppression, ‘Beatrice’ is a floating track, emphasising Sampa The Great’s talent as a vocalist and the jarring sounds of ‘Weoo’ both sting the ears, and float through them.
The Great Mixtape is being gifted to listeners for free via Bandcamp.
Words by Madeline Kilby