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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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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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