Photo Diary | Sampa The Great

by Morgan Vickery

What do Zambia, Botswana and Australia have in common? Sampa The Great is a poet, songwriter and visual artist marrying three of these diverse cultures and bringing their influence into music. Now based in Melbourne, the artist is writing and releasing EP’s and mixtapes with strong political messaging (Sampa has a clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook) weaved into hip hop beats and South African sounds — a tribute to her cultural background. Debuting an album dubbed The Return along with a brand new single and video ‘OMG’, the songstress has an exciting continuation of her music career coming.

While on tour in the U.S., Sampa shared with us a photo diary of her time in NYC:

My first full day in Brooklyn. Corner street pose for the camera!

My first full day in Brooklyn. Corner street pose for the camera!

Family picture! My family and sister who lives in the States. Saw my live show for the first time.

Family picture! My family and sister who lives in the States. Saw my live show for the first time.

On stage dance-off. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn festival performance! 📸    @briccelebratebk

On stage dance-off. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn festival performance! 📸 @briccelebratebk

Backstage with the crew for our first festival together! Dj AQ, Queendom and Jace.

Backstage with the crew for our first festival together! Dj AQ, Queendom and Jace.

The homie Ike Slimster. Amazing painter and maybe comedian?

The homie Ike Slimster. Amazing painter and maybe comedian?

Me and my Tshomie. Fab stylist and friend Ntombi Moyo!

Me and my Tshomie. Fab stylist and friend Ntombi Moyo!

Sunny Sunday’s in Brooklyn.

Sunny Sunday’s in Brooklyn.

Family reconnects for the first time before the show. My sister and my niece, who I met for the first time.

Family reconnects for the first time before the show. My sister and my niece, who I met for the first time.

Showtime and ready to shine! Costume by    @ernestjamescouture    📸    @theoluwaseye

Showtime and ready to shine! Costume by @ernestjamescouture 📸 @theoluwaseye

Dancers pose! Getting ready for the show backstage with the amazing Queendom!

Dancers pose! Getting ready for the show backstage with the amazing Queendom!


Written by: Valerie Stepanova