Artist image: Sampa the Great
Photo: Travis Owen

Sampa the Great

August 16-18, 2024

Rådhusplassen, main stage

TBA

- Charismatic and fearless rap

With its charismatic blend of hip-hop, soul and afrobeat, interspersed with elements of both jazz and zamrock, the Sampa the Great has established himself as a compelling and outspoken rapper who transcends both genres and expectations.

Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and living in both the US and Australia, Sampa the Great's reflections on her own history, identity and roots are central to her music. She debuted with the album "The Return" in 2019 and in 2022 came the follow-up "As Above, So Below", which she recorded in Zambia during the pandemic. Here, the contribution of local producers and musicians, as well as guest appearances from Angelique Kidjo and others, helped her to further expand her musical references and creativity.

Rapping in English, the Bantu language Bemba and using South African slang to enhance his honest lyrics and intuitive storytelling, Sampa the Great is at the forefront of a new generation of artists exploring the possibilities of their cultural and artistic roots.


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