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BIG DADA - BD287
Joining Big Dada to release her new mixtape, Sampa The Great's "Birds And The BEE9" is a record that's both deeply personal and outward-looking. The tape's points of reference are poised between her closely-held roots and an internationally-minded musical outlook. An assured picture of herself, she carries her identity through the many-sided musical influences which she draws from. Working with a close circle of producers to help realise her musical vision - including Kwes Darko, Sensible J and Alejandro 'JJ' Abapo - spanning spiritually-minded gospel and chants to neo-soul and hip-hop, it's intertwined with a clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook, and speaks a message of healing after her own experiences of hurt and pain.
Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, her upbringing continues to bear an influence on her music. Moving to Australia four years ago, the connections she made there have propelled her to where she now stands. Living in Sydney when she first arrived, it was the shock of losing a close friend which prompted her to take the leap to try to become an artist. Going to the city's weekly Jazz Hip-Hop Freestyle sessions for the first time, she went onstage to join the band and continued to go there each week, building up a network of likeminded music heads.
Flowers (feat. REMI) 03:26
Protect Your Queen 03:29
Rhymes To The East 04:07
Can I Get a Key 03:42
Black Girl Magik (feat. Nicole Gumbe) 03:41
Casper (feat. Syreneyiscreamy) 04:16
Karma The Villain 03:16
Bye River 07:42
Inner Voice (feat. Mwanje Tembo) 05:23
The Truth 01:20
I Am Me 03:33
Healer (feat. Zaachariaha) 03:03