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The Return: Signed Limited Edition Translucent Red and Green Vinyl
Sampa The Great
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- Release Date 13 September 2019
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- Double Vinyl LP
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"Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African traditions. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.
The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more.
On “The Return” Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Sampa has performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track ‘Black Balloons’ for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz.
Building on her formative works, “The Return” sees Sampa tackle bigger questions, exploring what it means to feel at home, to feel excluded, and to see someone as an outsider. It stems from the rift Sampa has experienced in the rise of her career, where she’s celebrated as part of a new generation of Australian musicians - with “BEE9” winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2017 (she shares nominations with the likes of Tame Impala, Jordan Rakei, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and previous winner Courney Barnett) - while at the same time still being seen as an other. The album artwork features Sampa alongside a Nyau dancer - traditional dancers and figures that are found in villages across parts of Africa. For Sampa, the dancer represents the fear of the unknown which is often projected by the West when it comes to African traditions. She also wanted to rediscover her ancestors’ spirituality: her mother’s side of the family are of the Bantu ethnicity from which the Nyau tradition originates.
|1||Mwana (feat. Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir)|
|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)|
|9||Light It Up (Interlude)|
|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)|