NEW MUSIC \\ Sampa the Great: Check out empowering new track and video for ‘Final Form’

6th June 2019
Sampa the Great is back with her first new music of 2019. 

‘Final form’ is an anthemic track that nods to classic hip-hop and soul, with empowering messages; “Great state I’m in, all states I’m in, in my final form, in my melanin”

The new tune is produced by longtime collaborator Silentjay (Rhythm Section) and mixed by Jonwayne of Stones Throw Records. 

Talking about ‘Final Form’, Sampa says “It’s easy to get caught up in the constant chatter around you about how ‘you are not there yet’, how you ‘might not make it. ‘Final Form’ is about expanding yourself and calling out any negativity towards that growth process. As an artist I now recognise my in-between stage; sometimes it drops and sometimes it rises, but I love that I get to level up each second. I might even final form tomorrow”. 

In the ‘Final Form’ video, Sampa explores her roots, travelling back to Zambia. She brings together traditional Nyau dancers and modern Zambian youth culture. It was filmed in the run up to her first ever shows on African soil. Of the video, Sampa says; 

“The video was inspired by the belief of having a spiritual exodus back to yourself. We often as black people in the diaspora talk about the physical return to our roots but not so often about the spiritual. ‘Final form’ is meant to start that conversation. It was important for me to do this video in Zambia, the place of my birth and where I’m from, because if I am truly to become the greatest version of myself, I am going to start at the most me I’ve ever been, which is where I started from, where I grew up. I was born and raised between Zambia and Botswana, by a Bemba mother and Tumbuka father and to erase that by calling me anything but Zambian/African, is to erase my history, culture and essence. Everything I was born from.”

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