Watch Sampa the Great’s Insanely Good Tiny Desk Performance


To most of our readers, Sampa the Great needs no introduction.

But to anyone else who’s yet to have the pleasure of listening to the poet and rapper, her new performance on Tiny Desk (Home) is all you should need to bring you up to speed. Born in Zambia and moving to Sydney as a young adult, Sampa Tembo quickly made a name for herself in the Australian music scene with her first two mixtapes—The Great Mixtape and Birds and the BEE9—and she just keeps on getting better.

Trading Bob Boilen’s desk for a set near her current home in Zambia, Sampa the Great shares with the world everything we’ve come to know and love about the talented lyricist; palpable energy, effortless bars and profound observations through her music. Performing her tracks ‘Rhymes To The East’, ‘Mwana’, ‘Freedom’, and ‘Final Form’ with the help of a seven-piece band, Sampa looks every bit the queen she is, and you should set aside the necessary 16 minutes to watch it above.

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