[AMA] - This is Sampa The Great. I'm currently in Zambia, ask me anything!

Hey, this is Sampa The Great! It's been a crazy year and I'm currently in Zambia, and I'm happy to answer your questions. Ask me anything!


Some highlights from this year:

Playing Coachella

Playing Glastonbury

Releasing my album "As Above So Below"

Being included in the Black Panther trailer


Looking forward to chatting! Proof




Hi!!! Big fan, just got Spotify wrapped and am in top 0.05% percent listeners heheee :) just wondering if the show in the Netherlands is gonna be rescheduled as I cannot wait to see you live :)))


100% will Just trying to work out new dates that work for the whole tour run๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ Thanks for your patience!


Sickkk cant wait :) hope you have a great time out there in Zambia ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ


Hey, Sampa. I was at your show on friday and I'd like for you to know that you put on a helluva show. You brought it and it was quite the experience. As a Zambian, I am proud to see you fly the flag high. Can we expect another show in 2023 and which one is your fave Zamrock song?


Appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ I love W.I.T.C.H - LIVING IN THE PAST Def doing a show in 2023, I can't believe I've never done a festival in Zambia yet. I should make my own festival ๐Ÿ™ƒ


Thanks for responding. Funnily enough, I'm at Roman's pizza Intercity and they're playing Tilibobo


GOOD taste! (pun intended)


Rap. How did it happen for you. What made you want to be a rapper.? And how does it feel being in the new black panther? Zambia ku Chalo ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ


Tupac- Changes Im a middle kid so I often felt like my voice wasn't being heard within the family dynamic .... so id often journal what I felt. My journals turned into poems and my poems turned into raps. Tupac- Changes, was the first hip hop song I can recall hearing at a young age. My cousin Chewe Sunkutu would play Tupac cassette tapes all the time When I first heard him it was like hearing a poet speaking over music. Every word was felt. I knew I wanted to be an artist then ​ Not just a rapper


Hey Sampa! You are the absolute GOAT and The Return is one of my all time favourite albums! Who would you most like to work with in the future, artists and/or producers?


Lauryn Hill Timbaland Missy Thandiswa Mazwai Asake Focalistic Sjava Janet Jackson Isley Brothers Kendrick off the top of my head lol


Did the Lusaka show exceed your expectations coz from where I was standing in the crowd, the energy was off the roof.


Yes it did! I tried to go into it with no expectations But it meant a lot to me and my band to be received so beautifully


Hi Sampa, you're amazing live! How do you come up with the dances for each show? How long does it take to practice for each performance?


With Afrofuture - Tiana Canterbury does my choreography ๐Ÿ‘‘ She did my Choreo for Afrofuture Sydney Opera House and we used that same Choreo for Lusaka. She taught the Zambian dancers by sending videos of each song to them to rehearse They rehearsed for 2 weeks and got it in time for the show. So props to them for getting all the choreography down!


Hey Sampa! Was first introduced to you with your feature on The Avalanches record in 2020. Given how collaborative that track/project was, Iโ€™m curious: who are some artists you really want to work with?


I got to work with Denzel would like to work with him again! and I'm just gonna repeat the list above lol "Lauryn Hill Timbaland Missy Thandiswa Mazwai Asake Focalistic Sjava Janet Jackson Isley Brothers Kendrick off the top of my head lol"


No questions, just really enjoy your music, keep on keeping on!


Thanks for a great First AMA lovely people!! Looking fwd to doing another one of these ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ All the love!X


Firstly, the show was amazing!! For a young artist looking to explore Southern African music/ Zamrock... Any advice on how to define the genre? maybe some go-to chords? polyrhythms? I'd love to have an hour lecture from you on this stuff.


Hey Sampa, Iโ€™m a huge fan. I was at your show on Friday and it was probably the best night of the year for me. You and your band bring so much energy and bring your music to life in your performances. I really looked forward to watching you perform Can I Live with Jagari Chanda (WITCH) but that didnโ€™t happen (I wonder whyโ˜น๏ธ). Anyway, I hope you have another show here next year. It would be lovely to have you back and hopefully this time you get to perform my favorite song on the album. Good luck on tour โค๏ธ


Mr. Jagari was in the crowd supporting us and sent a lovely msg after the show. rehearsal schedules, timing and life made things a bit hard but it would be a dream to play with him live AGAIN ๐Ÿ‘€ for those who missed the first time! His energy is amazing Looking to have my Uncle Groovy Joe (Joe Kunda) at that show too!


Hihihi long time fan here! IDGAF is easily in my top ten tracks of the year, you and Kojey are such a great pairing Have always been curious, what happened with the Great Mixtape? Missing a good few of those tracks on Spotify, got it off bandcamp but just wondering what went down there


Just a lot of samples that's all lol I didn't expect it to blow up people ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Soon well get it back ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ


Sick sick, there's some playlists with Dragon Slayer shaped holes in them


Hope it comes back, Blessings is one of my favourite songs


Will your gorillaz collab ever release?


๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ If not Im down to make more music with those LEGENDS๐Ÿ‘‘


Hi Sampa!. Thank you for this AMA. Greetings from Zambia. Enjoyed the friday show. My first ever BIG concert/ official live show. I'm a huge hip-hop fan but I discovered your music when I decided to explore different genres beyond what I'd call "generic rap" and I noticed your rap/music has a mixture of genre. Do you use allot of samples in your music or do you and your band create new sounds inspired by samples? ....... And who are your top 5 musicians/rappers of all time?


Hi Sampa, love your music and i finf it to be so positive, just want to find out what your creative process is like, when do you think you are at your best to write/record?


Listening to your music, it seems to focus on artistic independence, feminism (black girl magic / energy), personal fulfillment (inner peace is the new success) and black excellence/a belief in Africaโ€™s future while honoring its past. Where does this come from and why these particular themes?


What happened to born to be blue??? I have wanted to listen to that track but havenโ€™t been able to locate it in streaming services