Award-winning Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper Sampa The Great kicks off her “As Above, So Below” North American tour this spring with a slew of upcoming shows spread across 15 cities throughout the US and Canada – dates and cities listed below.
Sampa The Great’s North American tour is set to delight fans with an eclectic medley of her highly acclaimed 11-track 2022 album As Above, So Below—a career-eclipsing record spanning hip-hop, neo-soul, Zamrock, Amapiano, and Southern African rap, and anchored by Sampa The Great’s spoken word in the Zambian-rooted language of Bemba.
A reflection of Sampa’s transitory upbringing, the record’s sonic hybridity throws recognition to the music coming out of the African diaspora today while honouring the stories of those who tread previously. The album’s final track and single, “Let Me Be Great” featuring Angélique Kidjo, was notably highlighted in a Song Exploder episode and featured in an Okayplayer feature, while the single, “Never Forget,” ushered respect to the golden era of Zambia’s socially prolific genre, Zamrock, and appeared in the trailer for the widely beloved Marvel blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. local and are available for purchase here.
North American Tour Dates:
May 17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
May 18 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
May 19 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
May 22 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
May 23 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Club
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
May 31 – Atlanta, GA Terminal West
June 2 – Richmond, VA Brown’s Island
June 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
June 6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
June 7 – Boston, MA – Royale
June 9 – Toronto, ON – Axis Club
June 14 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
US Festival Dates:
May 24 – 29, 2023 – Buena Vista Lake, CA @ Lightning In A Bottle
June 16, 2023 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo