Sampha Gets Personal In New Zine, Shy Light

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As a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album, Process released this past February, Sampha is gearing up to release a print version of zine Shy Light previewed back in May, this week in London and New York. 

Deemed as a “visual exploration of Sampha’s album Process, the artist teamed up with London based designer Grace Wales Bronner, Dazed art director Jamie Andrew Reid and LA photography duo Durimel, to highlight compelling photos from Sampha’s trip back to Freetown, Sierra Leone and feature photos from the singer’s personal archive. 

After doing some soul-searching, the artist decided to drop the zine this week and donate proceeds from Shy Light to Street Child— a charity that provides emergency relief to those impacted by the devastating floods in Sierra Leone. 

In a short statement made on his Twitter, Sampha explains his reasoning behind this stating, “My hope is that with Shy Light (and Process), I can do a little bit to highlight both these aspects of a country that is also a fundamental party of who I am. Above all I also hope go help raise awareness of the current crisis in Sierra Leone.”

Copies of Shy Light will be available this week at Opening Ceremony in NYC and launched in London at the Tate Modern’s Uniqlo Tates in alliance with their Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibit. A limited amount of the zine will be available via Young Turks August 29 at 10 am. 

Written By Knia Cotton