Sampa The Great

The rise of Zambia-born Sampa Tembo AKA Sampa The Great has been spectacular to watch. A female poet and singer-songwriter who expresses herself through music, poetry and visual art, Sampa captures you with her thought provoking words, yet keeps you laughing and enjoying the simplicity of creativity.

Sampa dropped a Soundcloud release ‘Blue Boss’ in 2016 which reached #1 on Hype Machine and got picked up by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, reaching 1 million Spotify plays in 2 months.

“It’s a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms.” With those four simple terms, Sampa the great describes her astonishing debut release, The Great Mixtape. Tembo has a penchant for poetry and weaves dense lyrical mazes with her verses, drawing listeners into a lush, imaginative world. The debut 12-track mixtape flows through a collection of experimental beats by producer Godriguez and left-field rhymes shaped by Sampa’s wide-spanning influences of Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Thandiswa Mazwai, Asa, Nneka and Yasiin Bey.

Sampa has won over a wave of adoring fans with her live show having been chosen to support Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibeyi, Little Simz, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Joey Bada$$ along with her sold out headline shows and festival slots at Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Laneway, Lost Paradise, WOMAD & Vivid Live.

Her late 2017 follow-up album “Birds And The BEE9” has set the precedent for 2018 to be the year the world meets Sampa The Great.

Artist Moos

April 16

GTM 2018 Predictions!

Last year’s Groovin the Moo saw SO many epic, had-to-be-there moments at each show. From the likes of both Loyle Carner and Montaigne joining the Thundamentals boys on stage, to Vera Blue blowing away the Slumberjack crowd singing ‘Fracture’ live, not to mention George Maple guesting on ‘Something About You’ during Hayden James’ incredible show.

We’ve just scratched the surface here on the potential collaborations and surprises you could expect this year. Let’s get the predictions rolling for 2018!

 

Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt – ‘Get To Know’ LIVE

It would almost be an insult if these two acts didn’t join forces for a live version of their latest collaboration ‘Get To Know’. If you watched their ‘Get To Know’ video we posted, this one is almost certain! Get your butt to Cosmo’s set and thank us later.

Odds: Very likely – All shows

Paul Kelly x A.B.Original

After their crazy good Like A Version doing a rendition of Paul Kelly’s ‘Dumb Things’ and the three being very good friends, we can see lots of potential for something magical here!

Odds: Unlikely – But if anything Bendigo?

Mallrat x Allday

‘UFO’ is a bloody banger, and these two are the best of friends. We think seeing the two jump up on stage together may be a stretch as Allday is currently based in LA, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility by any means.

Odds: Likely – Bendigo or Townsville?

DJ YELLA x Aminé/ Lady Leshurr?

Ahh. We can dream can’t we? How good would this be though!

Odds: Highly unlikely

Vera Blue performing a ‘Lady Powers’ ballad with other GTM ladies

We have a multitude of talented ladies on our touring and local line up, from Mallrat to Tkay, Alex Lahey, Lady Leshurr & Sampa, how cool would it be so see an empowering display of ‘Lady Powers’ with potential vocal features like these?! Let’s hope these ladies do some serious bonding over the tour and surprise us with something special.

Odds: Likely – Bunbury

Tkay x Basenji ‘Mistakes’

Epic song, fitting for an epic festival! Basenji is Sydney based, so there’s potential he could get a call up for either Maitland or Canberra for a special surprise. Seeing this live would be anything but a mistake!

Odds: Likely – Maitland or Canberra

Grinspoon x Violent Soho

It’s happened before. Grinspoon’s Phil Jaimeson joined the Soho crew on stage last year in Maitland for a ripper of a Grinspoon classic with 1995’s ‘More Than You Are’. Will it happen again? After seeing how much fun Phil had last year, there is definitely potential for more fun to be had!

Odds: Unlikely but if it does happen, we’re thinking Townsville

 

Feature image photo credit: Brayden Smith


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