Following a first play on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 show, ‘Heaven’ follows a wave of support for previous singles ‘Final Form’, ‘OMG’ and ‘Freedom’ from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, The Guardian, The Observer, NPR, Crack, Vulture, Afropunk, Hypebeast, Dazed and many, many more. Sampa has also found a new fan in Jada Pinkett Smith who described her as her favorite new artist, sharing the video for ‘Final Form’ with her 8+ million followers, and making Sampa the only person she follows on Instagram. Additionally she is being championed by the likes of Zane Lowe (Beats 1), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (BBC Radio 1) and Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music) and 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. She’s 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.
Sampa sets out on tour again this year with 22 shows in October and November throughout Australia, New Zealand and the EU including headline shows in the UK at XOYO (London), Rough Trade (Bristol), YES (Manchester) and Belgrave Music Hall (Leeds).
EU Tour Dates 2019:
15 Nov – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds, UK
17 Nov – YES – Manchester, UK
18 Nov – Rough Trade – 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
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