Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and now based in Melbourne, Sampa The Great is a having a breakout year in 2019 thanks to her critically-acclaimed debut album The Return that came out last month on Ninja Tune Records. She's been making waves and grabbing ears ever since her first release The Great Mixtape dropped in 2015 as she brings a unique perspective to the hip-hop world through a diverse sound that's mixed with R&B, jazz, and various African influences. Her exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a fantastic display of those wide-ranging influences as she weaves together contemporary faves and influential songs that sway between hip-hop, Afro-beat, R&B, reggae, and more, while also sneaking in a few tracks from her brilliant new album along the way.
|Midnight in a Perfect World||Intro|
|Sampa The Great||Leading Us Home|
|J. Martins||Jupa (feat. Fally Ipupa)|
|K'naan||America (feat. Mos Def & Chali 2na)|
|Sun-El Musician||Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto)|
|Sauti Sol||Sura Yako|
|Fela Kuti||Water Get No Enemy|
|Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas||As We Enter|
|Sampa The Great||OMG|
|Erykah Badu & The Roots||You Got Me|
|Wizkid, Spellz & Tiwa Savage||Ma Lo|
|Mos Def||There Is A Way|
|Sampa The Great||Final Form|
Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.
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