Sampa The Great announces debut album 'The Return' on Ninja Tune

Sampa The Great has announced her debut album, ‘The Return’.

To be released on September 13 Ninja Tune, Sampa’s debut album fuses jazz, spoken word and hip hop, featuring collaborations with Ecca Vanda and London jazz collective Steam Down.

Silent Jay, Clever Austin and Blue Lab Beats provided production, while Stone Throw artist Jonwayne, MsM and Andre Eremin mixed the LP.

The Zambian-born artist premiered new single ‘OMG’ on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, also releasing the video which was filmed between South Africa and Botswana.

On why she included her home in the video, Sampa said: “Home is described in a lot of ways and means a lot of different things to different people. I had to redefine in my mind and in my spirit what home means.”

Sampa’s currently on tour, including a show supporting Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House in London on July 13. She heads on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in October before returning to Europe in November for shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam. Brussels and more.

Listen to ‘OMG’, see the tracklist and check the tour dates below.

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

Tour dates:

13 Jul – Somerset House w/ Sons of Kemet – London, UK
18 Jul – Elsewhere: Zone One – New York, USA
19 Jul – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival – New York, USA
22 Jul – Gold Diggers – Los Angeles, USA
3 Oct – Byron Bay Brewery – Byron Bay, AU
4 Oct – Calounrdra Music Festival – Sunshine Coast, AU
5 Oct – Wooly Mammoth – Brisbane, AU
11 Oct – Meow – Wellingston, NZ
12 Oct – Hollywood Theatre – Auckland, NZ
18 Oct – TBA – Melbourne, AU
19 Oct – Stonefest Festival – Canberra, AU
24 Oct – Republic Bar – Hobart, AU
25 Oct – Fat Controller – Adelaide, AU
26 Oct – Freo.Social – Perth, AU
31 Oct – Factory Theatre – Sydney, AU
2 Nov – Lost Lands Festival – Melbourne, AU
15 Nov – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds, UK
17 Nov – YES – Manchester, UK
18 Nov – Rough Trade Bristol – Bristol, UK
20 Nov – XOYO – London, UK
21 Nov – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR
22 Nov – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
24 Nov – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, BE
25 Nov – Reineke Fuchs – Cologne, DE
26 Nov – Exil – Zurich, CH
28 Nov – Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE

[Photo: Barun Chatterjee]

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