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Zambian Rapper, Poet & Singer Sampa The Great's Debut Mixtape

Zambian-born, Botswana raised MC, poet and singer Sampa The Great premieres her debut mixtape on Melbourne-based label Wondercore Island.


Zambian-born, Botswana-raised rapper, poet and singer-songwriter Sampa The Great is sharing her 12-track debut mixtape on the Melbourne-based label Wondercore Island (home of Hiatus Kaiyote, Oscar Key Sung, and several others). The Great mixtape, produced entirely by Australia's Godriguez, flows through a collection of experimental beats and left-field rhymes shaped by Sampa's wide-spanning influences of Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Thandiswa Mazwai, Asa, Nneka, and Yasiin Bey.

Sampa, who mentions that she first fell in love with hip-hop after listening to 2Pac's "Changes" in her cousin's room, credits her youth in Africa for influencing her tracks' political consciousness, "humanity, spirituality.. and highly increased... belief in self." Highlights on the debut tape include the relentless, piano-backed bars of "Jamal," the sample-heavy beatwork in "Revolution" and girl anthem "F E M A L E." Stream The Great Mixtape below, co-premiering here and on Okayplayer today, and grab yourself a free download on Bandcamp.

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Listen to Sampa the Great's Electrifying Debut Album 'The Return'

The Zambian artist makes a bold artistic statement with her much-anticipated debut album.

Sampa the Great has been on the grind for some time now, dropping several impressive hits and working with the likes of Ibeyi Kendrick Lamar and more. Now the Zambian artist shares her debut album The Return.

The artist gave a taste of the genre-bending elements of her debut album, when she released the funk-inspired single "Final Form" in June. The 19-track album boasts features from a range of artists including Krown, Ecca Vandal, thando and more.

"Today I release a piece of my heart to the world. The Return is a journey. Prepare your heart that journey," wrote the artist on Twitter.

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Sampa The Great Returns With Stunning New Song and Video 'Final Form'

PREMIERE: Zambian artist Sampa The Great shares a soulful new banger.

Sampa The Great is back with her first single of the year, the hard-hitting "Final Form."

On "Final Form" the artist rhymes fiercely over grand production, offering soulful '70s funk vibes and a message of black power. "Great state I'm in, in all states I'm in, I might final form in my melanin," she declares confidently on the song's chorus.

The vibrant music video was shot in Zambia and Botswana, where Sampa was born and raised, respectively. The striking visual features dancers performing on the street and in the market and tons of colorful ambiance. Sampa serves up a number of bold looks as she performs the song in multiple settings throughout the two countries.

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Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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