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Sampa The Great - As Above So Below LP

Sampa The Great - As Above So Below LP

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After relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself, one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. From collaborations with South Africa-based creatives Rochelle Nembhard and Imraan Christian, to time spent recording with a long-established network of close friends and family, Sampa unlocks an age of authenticity, and debuts a 360 Sampa to the world. As Above, So Below unveils the many sides of Sampa, throughout a sophomore record that fuses the serious to the sensual. As Above translates as Sampa's outside self, while So Below is the Sampa within, together uniting to reveal the highest version of herself, without a mask, or role to play. Anchoring the record, is Eve: Sampa's blueprint of her ideal self who manifests within As Above, So Below's lyrics, and visually appears throughout the album's forthcoming videos.

Sampa returned earlier this year, with As Above, So Below's first single, "Lane" featuring US rapper Denzel Curry. Ushering in a new era, "Lane" was the first taste of Sampa's own new music since 2019's ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize winning debut album, The Return. A defiant call out to being shoved in a box, "Lane" was accompanied by a long-form video that book-ended and balanced a spoken word piece, "Origin", wherein fans were introduced to Sampa's ideal persona, Eve. After the postponement of last year's inaugural and highly anticipated An Afro Future tour, Sampa delivered a spectacular run of rescheduled live performances across Sydney and Melbourne in May and June. The tour marked the first opportunity for fans to see Sampa in live format with her full band from Zambia, performing from her debut award-winning album, The Return, alongside previewing new music to the energetic crowds.