This week’s Listenin’ Booth includes music from Zambian-born, Australian-based, rapper and songwriter, Sampa The Great. Plus four other essential tunes you should be listening to right now.
Never Forget – Sampa The Great
Zambian and Australian rapper Sampa The Great’s latest single “Never Forget” is an ode to Zamrock music, a genre born in the 70s combining traditional Zambian music and psychedelic rock. More specifically, the song, “Never Forget” was inspired by music focused on the kalindula, a traditional style of bass guitar that is featured prominently on the track.
“Too Deep” is the brand new neo soul and jazz tinged single from emerging Philadelphia songstress, Sinnia Brown.
Chicago’s NNAMDÏ incorporates freeform jazz, underground hip hop, warped electronica, and much more. A self-described “weirdo” NNAMDÏ emerged out of the thriving Chicago DIY scene. NNAMDÏ does a little bit of everything: composing, producing, rapping, singing, drumming. And his music reflects that curiosity.
Producer Adrian Younge, and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad make up Jazz Is Dead. Jazz Is Dead is a duo producing fresh new soul and jazz releases utilizing vintage equipment and studio techniques. “The Avenues” is a new collaboration with Los Angeles jazz collective Katalyst.
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Riley Geare creates smooth, capable retro soul compositions reminiscent of artists that include Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and Rupert Holmes. “Ain’t No Place” is one of the funkier numbers taken from his brand new full length album, “Champagnedemonium”.