Sampa the Great has announced a new album, ‘As Above, So Below’, which lands on 9th September via Loma Vista.
Alongside Denzel Curry, who made an appearance on the LP's previously released first single, 'Lane', guests include Kojey Radical, Angélique Kidjo, and Joey Bada$$. The LP is the follow-up to 2019’s ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize-winning debut album, 'The Return'.
The Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper has also shared a new single and video from the LP, 'Never Forget', which features Chef 187, Tio Nason, and Mwanjé. The single is "an ode to Zamrock", particularly kalindula music, and is accompanied by a video also featuring the aforementioned artists. The archival footage in the clip shows Zambian musician Paul Ngozi, the late president Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia’s first president), and Zamrock maestros WITCH.
"This tribute was inspired by the band WITCH and their lead singer Mr Jagari Chanda, who has become one of my musical mentors," she said of the song. "I discovered Zamrock later in my life and was surprised that this music was known globally, yet not fully celebrated and acknowledged in Zambia today".
She continued: "It hit home for me as I felt similarities in my own journey, having had my career take off outside my birth country. I thought it was fitting to pay homage to those who came before me and merge past, present and future through music and imagery; passing the baton from one generation to the next".
Check out the video and see the LP artwork below. You can pre-order a copy of the album here.