Sampa The Great is the award-winning moniker of Zambian musician, poet and songwriter, Sampa Tembo.
A dynamic force in contemporary hip hop, Sampa The Great rose to recognition in her then-base of Australia through early mixtapes, notably her breakthrough 2019 project Birds and The BEE9, which won the coveted Australian Music Prize. Since then, the strength and lasting quality of Sampa The Great’s profile has been exemplified through standout headline and festival performances; supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$,
Thundercat and Ms. Lauryn Hill, and developing works that have taken the wider music industry by storm.
Sampa The Great is invested in storytelling from the heart and with unashamed honesty; and it’s a brand of musicianship that has been received with excitement and a hunger for more. Collaborating with the likes of The Avalanches, Baker Boy, Emmanuel Jagari Chanda (WITCH) and Angelique Kidjo, appearing on the posthumous ‘Stumbling Down’ with the late Tony Allen in 2020 and lending her voice to younger sister Mwanjé’s debut project, Sampa The Great is stepping into a new chapter of self-assurance and confidence with her forthcoming sophomore record, As Above, So Below.