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Sampha's '(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano' Video Is Full of Soul

Sampha shares his latest music video for "(No One Knows Me) Like A Piano" featuring British-Ghanaian model, Adwoa Aboah.

Earlier this month, Sampha dropped "(No Ones Knows Me) Like The Piano" a heartfelt dedication to his Sierra Leonean mother.


Today, the British singer shares the music video for the track, which also stars British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah.

The Jamie-James Medina-directed clip sees Sampha at a piano, singing his soulful heart out to, what looks like, a spirit of Aboah. With its oaky shots of the two in a smoke-filled room, the music video adds a warm touch to Sampha's delicate ballad.

After his appearance on Solange's A Seat At The Table and the release of last year's "Timmy's Prayer," Sampha's had an auspicious couple of months that's sure to continue with the release of his forthcoming album Process, due out this Friday, February 3.

Check out the music video for "(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano" below and a 360° VR version underneath.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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