In just a few short years, Sampa Tembo—better known as Sampa The Great—has established herself as one of hip hop’s brightest young stars. Exemplified by the 2019 release of her award-winning debut album The Return, she continues an unstoppable rise that has seen her break-through numerous personal and professional milestones to become one of the most sought-after voices in contemporary rap. Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and spending time in Australia—notions of “home” have always played a pivotal role in Sampa’s work. Nowhere was this more apparent than on her debut album The Return, described by NPR as “a portal into the psyche of an African artist who has traveled the world in search of herself”, it is a record built on years of personal and musical soul-searching. “I knew when the album was being made it was a very important time for me musically and personally.” she explains. Mixed predominantly by Stones Throw’s Jonwayne and engineered by MsM (BoyBetterKnow) and the GRAMMY-nominated Andrei Eremin, The Return blends hip-hop, neo-soul, gospel, afrobeat and jazz.Sampa’s The Return live show has already led to multiple sold-out tours across the world and seen her invited to play iconic festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and the Roots Picnic, as well as headline shows alongside Burna Boy, Raekwon and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) in recent times—with The Times describing the show as “radiating the kind of energy that could power a small city” and Sampa as “a versatile and charismatic star-in-waiting.” Returning home to Zambia last year to work on her new project, Sampa the Great’s new music is on the (very near) horizon, showing she has no signs of slowing down in 2022.