Sampa Tembo, aka Sampa The Great, is a Zambian singer-songwriter and rapper, known for her explosive on stage performances and powerful messages of equality. Sampa Tembo was born in Zambia 2003 and raised in Botswana. She moved to Sydney in 2014 and is now based in Melbourne.
Her debut mixtape, The Great Mixtape, was released for free and was produced by Sydney producer and musician Dave Rodriguez, who performs jazz under the moniker Godriguez. Sampa credits her African youth as the source of her 'political consciousness'.
After the release of her debut single Black Dignity, Sampa featured on Urthboy's album The Past Beats Inside Me Like a Second Heartbeat on the track Second Chance with OKENYO. In 2018, Sampa released her debut album The Return and it won the Australian Music Prize, achieving critical acclaim and peaking at #12 on the ARIA charts.