Our beloved Sampa The Great has been making serious waves across the globe, which is a pretty incredible feat considering we’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
After her acclaimed appearance at the virtual instalment of this year’s Roots Picnic, the Zambian-born, Australian-based artist has shared footage of another stunner performance, this time live from Zambia, as part of Black August 2020 (a free virtual benefit concert promoting the release of all political prisoners in the US).
Her set for the event, hosted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Movement For Black Lives (M4BL), was shot live in Mosi-oa-Tunya, also known as Victoria Falls, by an all-Zambian crew, and saw Sampa perform four songs — ‘Mwana’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Final Form’ — as well as a brand new, unreleased track!
The never-before-heard tune, dubbed ‘This Is The Light’, is a colourful, upbeat, horn-laced funk collab with Tio Nason, marking Sampa’s first ever collab with a Zambian artist.
“I’m glad to be able to represent my country Zambia globally!” Sampa tweeted, alongside a video of the full performance.
“Thank you to the Shoatz Family for having us be a part of Black August. Love always to the diaspora as we continue to bridge, connect and liberate globally.”
It comes after the artist featured on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new playlist and teased a collab with Denzel Curry.
Watch Sampa The Great’s Black August 2020 performance, live from Zambia, below (‘This Is The Light’ kicks in around the 10.30 mark).