Sampha

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Sampha
Sampha VEGA.jpg
Sampha performing in Vega, Copenhagen in November 2016
Background information
Birth name Sampha Lahai Sisay
Born (1988-11-16) 16 November 1988 (age 29)
Morden, London, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website sampha.com

Sampha Sisay (born 16 November 1988), who performs under the mononym Sampha,[1] is a British singer, songwriter and record producer from Morden, South London, United Kingdom.[2] Sampha is known widely for his collaborative work with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West, Solange and others.[3] Sampha has released two solo EPs: Sundanza (2010)[4] and Dual (2013).[5] Sampha's debut album, Process, was released on 3 February 2017, through Young Turks[6] and won the 2017 Mercury Prize.[7]

Early years[edit]

Sampha was born in Morden, South London to Sierra Leonean parents who came to the United Kingdom in the 1980s. His introduction to music came from learning to play on the piano at his parents' home in Morden and absorbing records given to him by his older siblings. Later, he discovered music production as a young teen, after his older brother, Sanie, built himself a makeshift home studio. Subsequently, in 2007, through Myspace.com, Sampha met London producer, Kwes, whose music Sampha said changed his life. Kwes guided and introduced Sampha to musicians, Mica "Micachu" Levi, Ghostpoet, DELS and his now label-home, Young Turks in 2009, where he interned.[8] Through Young Turks, Sampha remixed 'Basic Space' by The xx and met his earliest collaborators: SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Bullion and Lil Silva.[9][10][11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[12]
AUS
[13]
BEL
(FL)

[14]
CAN
[15]
GER
[16]
NLD
[17]
NZ
[18]
SWI
[19]
US
[20]
Process
  • Released: 3 February 2017[21]
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
7 28 28 35 46 38 40 34 51

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Sundanza
  • Released: 21 June 2010[22]
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Format: CD-R
Dual
  • Released: 29 July 2013[23]
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Format: CD, 12", digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[12]
FRA
[24]
"Too Much" / "Happens" 2013 Non-album single
"Timmy's Prayer" 2016 Process
"Blood on Me"
"(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" 2017 92 182
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[25]
US Rap
[25]
UK
[12]
UK R&B
[26]
"Valentine"
(Jessie Ware & Sampha)
2011 Devotion
"What You Won't Do for Love"
(Jessie Ware featuring Sampha)
"On Your Own"
(Lil Silva featuring Sampha)
The Patience EP
"Too Much"
(Drake featuring Sampha)
2013 64 16 86 19 Nothing Was the Same
"The Motion"
(Drake featuring Sampha)
93 26
"Play"
(Katy B featuring Sampha)
2014 Little Red
"A Kiss Goodbye"
(Emile Haynie featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes and Sampha)
We Fall
"Loop the Loop"
(Bullion featuring Sampha)
2015 Loop the Loop
"Saint Pablo"
(Kanye West featuring Sampha)
2016 The Life of Pablo
"Don't Touch My Hair"
(Solange featuring Sampha)
91 A Seat at the Table
"Close but Not Quite"
(Everything Is Recorded featuring Sampha)
2017 Close but Not Quite EP, Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell
"Mountains of Gold"
(Everything is Recorded featuring Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and Kamasi Washington)
Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell
"Show Love"
(Everything is Recorded featuring Syd and Sampha)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[12]
FRA
[27]
"4422"
(Drake featuring Sampha)
2017 39 175 More Life
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Productions[edit]

  • SBTRKT & Sampha – Evening Glow/Break Off (2010, EP, two songs, co-production)
  • H.A.S – The Unconscious State (2010, EP, six songs, production)
  • Jessie Ware & Sampha – Valentine (2011, single, production)
  • SBTRKT – SBTRKT (2011, album, two songs, co-production)
  • Lil Silva – The Patience (2011, EP, one song, co-production)
  • Short Stories – On the Way (2013, EP, two songs, co-production)
  • Jean Deaux – Find Your Love (2013, single, one song, production)
  • Drake – Nothing Was the Same (2013, album, two songs, co-production)
  • Katy B – Little Red (2014, album, one song, production)
  • FKA twigs – LP1 (2014, album, one song, co-production)
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016, album, four songs, co-production) [28][29]

Remixes and covers[edit]

Other[edit]

SBTRKT discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2013 BBC[34] Sound of 2014 Fourth
2017 Mercury Songwriter Won
2018 Worldwide Awards Album of the Year for Process Won
BRIT Awards Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards[35] Best Song, Musically and Lyrically Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soundcheck – Introducing: Sampha". Soundcheck. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Beggars Music – Sampha". Beggars Music. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rising: Sampha". Pitchfork Media. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sampha – Sundanza". Young Turks Records. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sampha – Dual". Young Turks Records. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sampha – Process". Young Turks Records. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Brown, Mark (14 September 2017). "Mercury prize 2017 is won by Sampha's Process". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Instagram post by Young Turks • Sep 15, 2017 at 5:47pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Sampha's Search For Magic _ The FADER". The FADER. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Sampha the voice of generations _ Dazed". Dazed Digital. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "RBMA Radio Live – Sampha". Rbmradio.com. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d Sampha peaks in the UK:
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sampha Discography". ultratop.be. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sampha Chart History". Billboard. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sampha Discography". Offiziele Deutsche Charts. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sampha Discography". dutchcharts.nl. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Charts". RMNZ. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Sampha Discography". hitparade.ch. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sampha Chart History". Billboard. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  21. ^ Renshaw, David (3 November 2016). "Sampha Details Debut Album Process". The Fader. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sampha – Sundanza". Young Turks. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Sampha – Dual". Young Turks. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 6, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "Drake Album & Song Chart History". Billboard charts. 
  26. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  27. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 13, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  28. ^ "A Seat at the Table on iTunes NZ". iTunes. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Here Are The Full Album Credits For Solange's A Seat At The Table". The Fader. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  30. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Live Lounge, Sampha". BBC. Retrieved 2018-02-18. 
  31. ^ "Sampha Remixes Malian Pioneer Oumou Sangaré; Hear it Now - XLR8R". XLR8R. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  32. ^ "Freedom of the Floor, by Nautic". Nautic. 
  33. ^ "Track-by-track review of Frank Ocean's 'Endless'". 19 August 2016. 
  34. ^ "Sound of 2014 Profile: Sampha". BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards (@TheIvors) - Twitter". Twitter and Ivor Novello Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 

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