NEW DATE AT STAR THEATER: SAMPA THE GREAT : THE RETURN TOUR – 21+

Ages 21 and up
Wednesday, April 13
Doors: 7pm

NEW DATE AT STAR THEATER! Tickets from both previous postponed shows at Star and Holocene will be honored!

In just a few short years, Sampa The Great has established herself as one of hip hop’s brightest young stars. Exemplified by the 2019 release of her award-winning debut album The Return (Ninja Tune), she continues an unstoppable rise that has seen her break-through numerous personal and professional milestones to become one of the most sought-after voices in contemporary rap.

 In the past few months alone, the Zambian artist has won 3 ARIA Awards, was named BET’s Amplified Artist Of The Month, was highlighted by Michelle Obama on her personal playlist, released the poignant video for ‘Time’s Up (feat. Krown)’ a track which criticizes the Australian music industry and it’s often careless attitude to protecting the wellbeing of Black Artists, and featured alongside Denzel Curry on a new single by The Avalanches. With her recent performances at the virtual Roots Picnic 2020, NPR’s Tiny Desk series, AFROPUNK and the ARIA awards, as well as an invite to play at the forthcoming Coachella, Sampa continues to cement her status as in-demand live-performer.

Her most recent standalone release, a remix of ‘Time’s Up’ featuring NYC rapper Junglepussy, arrived alongside the announcement of a public remix competition. Echoing a line from the track for “all the Black Queens to the front”, the competition aimed to encourage participation from Black women, and highlights Sampa’s continuing commitment to using her music and position to speak and act on causes close to her heart.

Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and spending time in Australia, notions of “home” have always played a pivotal role in Sampa’s work. Nowhere was this more apparent than on her debut album The Return, described by NPR as “a portal into the psyche of an African artist who has traveled the world in search of herself”, it is a record built on years of personal and musical soul-searching. The Return blends hip-hop, neo-soul, gospel, afrobeat and jazz.

The album was additionally included in numerous best-of-2019 lists, including being named as Bandcamp’s #1 “Album Of The Year”, with standout single ‘Final Form’ winning “Track Of The Year” at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, and Best Hip Hop Release at the 2019 ARIA Awards, making Sampa the first woman of color to take home the award.

The making of the album was also documented for “The Return – A Short Film”, shot in Zambia it provided a moment-by-moment visual reflection on the powerful musical and personal evolution behind Sampa’s release.

Sampa’s The Return live show has already led to multiple sold-out tours across the world and seen her invited to play iconic festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and the Roots Picnic, as well as headline shows alongside Burna Boy, Raekwon and Mos Def with The Times describing the show as “radiating the kind of energy that could power a small city”. She has previously supported the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz amongst others.

With more music on the (near) horizon, Sampa The Great shows no signs of slowing down in 2021.     

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To keep our customers, staff and community safe, Holocene will require proof of fully-Covid-vaccinated status* for entry into the venue.**

This decision was made in response to the surging and highly transmissible delta variant, in Oregon and across the US. In the close-quarters of a music venue — with customers drinking maskless, singing, dancing, talking in each others’ ears — the best way we can keep customers safe is to ensure the people in the room have the strongest protection from Covid, and especially from its worst outcomes. We appreciate your understanding.

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