Sampa The Great returns with new single 'Final Form' - tune in now.
It's her first new release in 2019, and signals where she could be about to go next. Bold, funky, and triumphant, it finds Sampa The Great drawing from her wealth of hip-hop knowledge to craft something deeply personal.
Uniting with longtime collaborator Silentjay and mixed by Jonwayne, it's a pulsating, hugely uplifting horn-bound jammer about "expanding yourself and calling out any negativity..."
She 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.”
The video for 'Final Form' was shot in Zambia, and finds Sampa The Great exploring her roots. Platforming the beliefs, traditions, and communities of Zambia, it fuses traditional Nyau dancers with modern Zambian youth culture.
“The video was inspired by the belief of having a spiritual exodus back to yourself,” she says. “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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