Featuring on the Wakanda Forever Original soundtrack album alongside Barbadian Superstar Rihanna shot her into international stardom but Sampa Tembo has been popping in the Australian rap scene for more than a minute. The country she was based in between 2014 and 2020.
The Zambian-born emcee’s debut solo album, ‘The Return‘ released in 2019 peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
The 29-year-old rapper, singer and poet is a non-conforming renegade, evident in her eclectic music style and fashion sense.
She has several ARIA Music Awards under her corset including Best Hip Hop Release, Best Female Artist and Best Independent Release.
As the first female person of colour to win a hip-hop category, the move exemplified systemic racism in the industry.
In March 2020 Sampa the Great won the Australian Music Prize for The Return; becoming the first musician in its 15-year history to win the award twice
The biggest highlight of her career came with her 2023 Grammy nomination for her contributions to Angelique Kidjo’s ‘Queen of Shea’ album as a featured artist.
Her latest album ‘As Above, So Below,’ is her self-love note and expression of her higher self and also her introduction to the Western World.
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