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Sampha Returns After A Long Silence With 'Timmy's Prayer'

The Sierra Leonean-rooted British singer & producer is back with a new single after a long quiet spell.

Sampha Sisay, the British singer & producer of Sierra Leonean descent, is back with a new single after a long quiet spell.


The London-based artist’s last major releases were around 2013, when he released the Dual EP and later collaborated with the likes of SBKTRKT, Drake, and Katy B. More recently, he appeared on “Saint Pablo” with Kanye West.

Sampha now marks his return with “Timmy’s Prayer,” a track that builds on a gliding bass line and Sampha’s pristine vocals.

The singer shared a note before the song’s release that addressed his absence. "Hello. It's been a while. I've had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all do, and it's hard to articulate sometimes,” he writes.

Hear “Timmy’s Prayer” above and read the full note below.

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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