Since coming into the Hip-Hop scene, Sampa has supported the likes of Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar – who she’s been compared to for her dense and explorative writing …

As we meet at the South London offices of her Ninja Tune record label, Sampa Tembo, commonly known as Sampa The Great, greets me with a wide and bright smile that illuminates the room. Her busy schedule in the lead up to the release of her debut album, Return, has left her – and her voice – feeling a little worse for wear but she states that the show must go on as ‘what I’m doing is bigger than me.’

This interview, by Jesse Bernard, was published in partnership with Let’s Be Brief in September 2019.