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Sampa The Great Returns With 'Energy'

The striking new visual from the Zambian artist is an ode to feminine energy.

Sampa The Great is a buzzing poet, rapper, and singer who we've been keeping tabs on for a minute.

The Zambian-born, Botswana raised artist, who currently resides in Melbourne, is now returning with "Energy," her first new release since the 2017 Australian Music Prize-winning album of the year, Birds and the BEE9.

"Energy," which is co-produced by Rahki and long-time collaborator Silentjay, is a head-nodding excursion led by Sampa's interweaving rhymes, which were inspired by her experiences as a Zambian woman.

It features spoken word from Nadeem Din-Gabisi of London's Steamdown collective.


"Life is about balance," Sampa The Great tells OkayAfrica. "This year taught me a lot about this. It was very important to me to continue to apply this lesson in all aspects of my life. In the word we live in it is very important we re-evaluate our perceptions of strength and weakness and the balancing of the feminine and masculine aspects of all our energy. It's especially important in our deeply unbalanced world."

The single comes paired with a new visual which director Modu Sesay describes as "an ode to feminine energy, which is essential to all of our existence and the source of life."

Get into "Energy" below.

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Sampa The Great. Photo: Harry Deadman.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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