Sampa The Great is a Zambian Sidney-based poet, MC and singer-songwriter. Last year we introduced her with the mixtape titled Birds And The BEE9. Now released her first full-length. The Return is out now via Ninja Tune. Its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds.

The album was mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker); productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes DarkoClever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down.

According to the press release, Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends. We already shared “OMG” and “Freedom”; full streaming is availble via Bandcamp. Listen below.