‘The Zambian-born, Melbourne-based hip-hop artist has bagged the prestigious Australian Music Prize becoming the only musician to win the prestigious award twice through its 15-year history.
The AMP is an honor that is accompanied by a $20,000 cash prize. Sampa won her first in 2017 for the acclaimed mixtape Birds And The BEE9.
The LP “was not written for radio play or commercial appeal,” Sampa explained in a social media post. “It was written to bring to light the journey of a person who began her career in a country far away from home. It was to bring to light the sense of displacement felt in that journey and in a global sense throughout the world. It allowed me to tell my full story – without having it told for me. I thank the AMP for looking at solely the music and judging only that. As in this day and age it seems that is not the norm.”
Sampa’s The Return was selected by a 48-strong music industry panel as 2019’s greatest album in Australia
Sampa’s album beat out a shortlist that included recordings by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Thelma Plum, Amyl & the Sniffers and more.
Australian Music Prize director Scott Murphy said “Although it was an extremely hard decision to make, with so many amazing albums on the finalist list this year, we couldn’t be happier to award the prize to Sampa The Great. ‘The Return’ is a truly important record that will no doubt be held up as one of the all-time great bodies of work, for years to come.”