Driving sizzling on the heels of her efficiency at Glastonbury 2022, Sampa The Nice has dropped an alluring new single titled ‘By no means Overlook’ – for which she linked up with fellow Zambian artists Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé – and revealed the small print for her forthcoming second album.
In a press launch, Sampa described ‘By no means Overlook’ as “an ode to Zamrock music, a style born within the ’70s combining conventional Zambian music and psychedelic rock”. Extra particularly, the track was impressed by music centered on the kalindula, a standard fashion of bass guitar that options prominently on ‘By no means Overlook’.
Expounding on how the track honours Zamrock and the kalindula, Sampa continued: “This tribute was impressed by the band WITCH and their lead singer, Mr Jagari Chanda, who has grow to be one in every of my musical mentors. I found Zamrock later in my life and was stunned that this music was recognized globally, but not totally celebrated and acknowledged in Zambia in the present day.
“It hit residence for me as I felt similarities in my very own journey, having had my profession take off outdoors my start nation. I believed it was becoming to pay homage to those that got here earlier than me and merge previous, current and future via music and imagery; passing the baton from one technology to the following.”
‘By no means Overlook’ arrives alongside a cinematic video helmed by administrators Rharha Nembhard, Imraan Christian and Furmaan Ahmed (the previous two of whom additionally directed the video for Sampa’s final single, the Denzel Curry-assisted ‘Lane’). It intersperses footage of Sampa and her collaborators performing with archival clips of Zambian life within the Nineteen Seventies.
Among the many visuals proven is footage of the late Paul Ngozi – probably the most eminent pioneers within the Zamrock style – in addition to Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, and basic performances from WITCH. Take a look on the video beneath:
In his personal assertion, Nembhard mentioned the video’s idea “pays homage to [Zambia’s] previous, current and future”. He continued: “Once I first heard the track, the notion of time got here up so strongly. African time has all the time been non linear and cyclical.
“The imaginative and prescient for this video was to discover that notion of time, merging previous, current and future concurrently in a harmonious symphony that honours and pays respect to those who have handed the baton and paved the way in which for the the following technology of Zambian artists. Sampa carries the previous, current and way forward for Zambian music. She stands on the shoulders of giants and this our providing to them.”
Christian echoed the sentiment, saying he, Nembhard and Ahmed “explored our personal lineages inside mystic traditions, which in the end impressed quite a lot of the visuals seen”. He additionally famous that a few of the video’s themes had been carried over from the narrative that he and Nembhard established within the clip for ‘Lane’, resembling Sampa embodying her “perfect persona”, Eve.
Ahmed, in the meantime, mentioned engaged on the clip for ‘By no means Overlook’ was “an extremely cathartic expertise because it was a nod to the iconoclasm of our shared cultures, heritage and bloodlines which have been erased over time”.
He continued: “At its coronary heart, ‘By no means Overlook’ is an homage to the power, resilience and magic of the diaspora, the veneration of time and specifically Sampa’s Zambian heritage. Set inside a world birthing itself from a darkish ancestral monument, we invoke the previous to think about new futures. ‘By no means Overlook’ is a ritualistic unearthing and a celebration of our heritages and the facility of music in liberation.”
Introduced alongside the discharge of ‘By no means Overlook’, Sampa’s long-awaited second album is titled ‘As Above, So Under’ and might be launched on September 9 by way of Loma Vista.
Along with ‘By no means Overlook’ and ‘Lane’, the album will sport a collaboration with WITCH themselves (‘Can I Stay’), a second monitor that includes Mwanjé, who can be Sampa’s sister (‘Lo Rain’), and additional team-ups with Joey Bada$$ (‘Masks On’), Kojey Radical (‘IDGAF’), James Sakala (‘Imposter Syndrome’) and Angélique Kidjo (‘Let Me Be Nice’).
It comes because the follow-up to Sampa’s debut album, 2019’s ‘The Return’, in addition to 2017’s ‘Birds And The BEE9’ mixtape and ‘Heroes Act 2’ EP. Take a look at the duvet artwork and tracklisting for ‘As Above, So Under’ beneath, and discover pre-orders for the album right here.
2. ‘Lane’ (ft. Denzel Curry)
3. ‘By no means Overlook’ (ft. Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé)
4. ‘Masks On’ (ft. Joey Bada$$)
6. ‘Can I Stay’ (ft WITCH)
7. ‘Imposter Syndrome’ (ft. James Sakala)
9. ‘Lo Rain’ (ft. Mwanjé)
10. ‘IDGAF’ (ft. Kojey Radical)
11. ‘Let Me Be Nice’ (ft. Angélique Kidjo)
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