Sampa The Great sets her sights on her ‘Final Form’

The rise of Sampa the Great has been spectacular to watch, having accumulated over 33 million streams collectively since her 2015 breakout, The Great Mixtape. Her second mixtape Birds And The BEE9 won the Australian Music Prize as Best Album Of 2017. Sampa capped off 2018 with her single “Energy”, which premiered via Zane Lowe’s show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, with the accompanying video hitting around 1.2M YouTube views to date.


Entertaining audiences across the globe, Sampa has won a wave of adoring fans with her live shows, performing across the country’s most iconic festivals, including Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Womadelaide, Vivid Live & more. Sampa recently returned home, performing her first African shows in Swaziland, Zambia and Johannesburg, before heading to Hobart this June for the iconic Dark Mofo festival and world-renowned Glastonbury festival in the UK. Keeping in the company of greatness, she has supported the biggest names in music including Kendrick Lamar, Ms Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibeyi and Little Simz.

Straight off the bat with an all-consuming sound, “Final Form” is a lesson in hip-hop. An ode to her Zambian heritage, Sampa declares her greatness, with a unique sound that has become synonymous with Sampa The Great. Produced by Silentjay and mixed by Jonwayne, the new single sees Sampa take final form with her most impactful release to date.

‘Final Form’, is a triumphant single that sees the MC embrace the struggle of growing as an artist. Having just been named Zane Lowe’s World Record, ‘Final Form’ is Sampa’s first new music for 2019 and sees her fiercely delivered lyrics entangled with a warm, tightly wound beat.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the constant chatter around you about how ‘you are not there yet’, how you ‘might not make it’” Sampa says. “Final Form is about expanding yourself and calling out any negativity towards that growth process. As an artist I now recognise my in-between stage; sometimes it drops and sometimes it rises, but I love that I get to level up each second. I might even final form tomorrow.”

The ‘Final Form’ official video sees Sampa travel back to Zambia to explore the traditions and communities of her roots. Bridging the gap between the traditional worlds of Nyau dancers and modern Zambian youth culture, it was filmed in the run-up to her first ever shows on African soil, including her recent homecoming show in Zambia. “The video was inspired by the belief of having a spiritual exodus back to yourself.” Says Sampa. “We often as black people in the diaspora talk about the physical return to our roots but not so often about the spiritual.

‘Final form’ is meant to start that conversation. It was important for me to do this video in Zambia, the place of my birth and where I’m from, because if I am truly to become the greatest version of myself, I am going to start at the most me I’ve ever been, which is where I started from, where I grew up! I was born and raised between Zambia and Botswana. By a Bemba mother and Tumbuka father and to erase that by calling me anything but Zambian/African, is to erase my history, culture and essence. Everything I was born from.”

Having previously performed worldwide supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz, in 2019 Sampa is set to play live at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival and with Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House in the UK, before performing alongside Burna Boy in New York’s Prospect Park on 19th July, with additional shows at Dark MOFO (Tasmania – alongside FKA Twigs, Kelsey Lu, Nicholas Jaar), Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and headlining Hip-Hop Collection (Paris) with more TBA.


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Adrian Eagle Releases New Single “Housing Trust”

Channelling his now trademark street-gospel sound ‘Housing Trust’ – an ode to Eagle’s hometown of Adelaide – is an upbeat yet reflective track which sees Adrian juxtapose a troubled upbringing and struggling family life against the opportunities now afforded to him as an artist.

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Co-written and produced by long-time collaborator Jerome Farah (the architect behind Kian’s debut single ‘Waiting’), ‘Housing Trust’ features Adrian’s signature soulful vocals alongside vibrant organs and hip-hop true percussion.

“I had the original hook in my head about 4 years ago when I first started back writing and recording voice notes. I was originally rapping it over Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” – when I got back in the studio with Jerome last year, I sang him the hook and he hears my melodies perfectly so he laid down the chords instantly. It all paired together like magic, as usual with Jerome. What is wild is I wrote down that ARIA line long before it even happened.”

“Housing Trust is about celebrating life and how far the process has taken me around the world and back. Unchaining myself from many years of dark years in those housing trust to also remaining strong in the same values and intentions as I’ve always had. Thankful reminder.”

A busy end to 2019 will see Adrian take ‘Housing Trust’ on the road, notably to Rod Laver Arena on August 9th in support of Hilltop Hoods, before touring with rising star Tones and I on her national EP tour in September and finishing on a whirlwind 21 date tour of North America with Hilltop Hoods in November and December!

Friday, July 19th – NGV Fridays at National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne
Thursday, 8th August – Darwin Festival, Darwin
Friday 9th August – w/ Hilltop Hoods at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 17th August – Mackay BBQ & Beer Festival, Mackay

Adrian Eagle supporting – Tones and I ‘EP Tour’ – Australia

Friday 13 September – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 14 September – Rosemount Hotel, Fremantle [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 15 September – Rosemount Hotel, Fremantle [SOLD OUT]
Tuesday 17 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday 18 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]
Thursday 19 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]
Friday 27 September – UOW UniBar, Wollongong
Saturday 28 September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 29 September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday 4 October – SolBar, Maroochydore [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 5 October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 6 October – The Triffid, Brisbane [SOLD OUT]
Monday 7 October – The Zoo, Brisbane [SOLD OUT]
Friday 11 October – The Northern, Byron Bay

Adrian Eagle supporting – Hilltop Hoods ‘Great Expanse Tour’ – North America

Friday, 8 November – Music Box, San Diego, CA
Saturday 9 November – The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Sunday 10 November – The Independent, San Fransisco, CA
Tuesday 12 November – Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday 14 November – Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA
Friday 15 November – The Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday 16 November – Subterranean, Chicago, IL
Sunday 17 November – Cervantes, Denver, CO
Tuesday, 19 November – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Wednesday 20 November – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Thursday 21 November – Distrikt, Victoria BC
Friday 29 November – The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday 30 November – The Gateway, Calgary AB
Sunday 1 December – Coors Event Centre, Saskatoon SK
Wednesday 4 December – Le Belmont, Montreal QC
Thursday 5 December – Barrymores, Ottawa, ON
Friday 6 December – The Opera House, Toronto, ON
Saturday 7 December – Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO
Sunday 8 December – The Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City
Thursday 12 December – The Republik, Honolulu, HI

Photo Credit: Clare Nica


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Calski feat Lazy Grey & Jake Biz 12” vinyl single ‘All Coming Back’ / ‘Larry Sengstock’

After a two-year sabbatical following the birth of his daughter, Brisbane Producer/MC Calski has returned with the release of ‘All Coming Back’. Featuring fellow veteran Brisbanites, Jake Biz and Lazy Grey, ‘All Coming Back’ is a heavy soul-infused boom bap reflection on times past, appreciation of the present delivered with staunch ambition.

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‘All Coming Back’ will be released on 12” vinyl, complete with clean edit, a Capella and instrumental, through OG Australian Hip Hop label Hydrofunk Records. The single is out on Saturday April 13 to co-incide with Australian Record Store Day and includes the banging B-side track ‘Larry Sengstock’. Calski doubles down with Jake Biz and Lazy Grey on features. Both tracks will be available on the forthcoming album set for release later this year – stay tuned for details.



“Both tracks were written during late 2017 early 2018 after the birth of my first child. With Jake and Lazy already being Fathers there was plenty of heavy conversation, advice and stories being shared and the gravity of the situation led to the theme of All Coming Back, where these guys could share some insight into themselves and their lives beyond being Hip Hop artists. B side Larry Sengstock is some straight up Brisbane represent shit! Lazy and Jake just brought in a book of back and forth bars they’d written together over the demo beat I sent. No chorus, no hooks, just a banging beat with some iron heavy bars. It’s a good way to compliment the A side which is a more serious track with the standard 16 bar verse, chorus, 16 bar verse, chorus, 16 bar verse, chorus format”. – Calski

Calski has been a consistent presence in the Hip Hop community in Australia since the early 2000’s. Known for his unmistakable production and thoughtful lyricism, Calski is also a mix engineer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, keys and guitar.

The lyric video combines both tracks. The first two verses of All Coming Back with the first part of Larry Sengstock.

Having supported the likes of Ghostface Killah (USA), Public Enemy (USA), Total Eclipse (USA), The Herd, Urthboy, Mantra, Spit Syndicate and Joelistics, Calski has long been considered a peer amongst Australian Hip Hop greats and attributes his style to the influences of Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Black Milk, Apollo Brown and more.

Calski Feat Lazy Grey & Jake Biz 12” vinyl single ‘All Coming Back’ / ‘Larry Sengstock’ available now in limited numbers here

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Tasman Kieth Releases Debut EP ‘Mission Famous’

Following up the fire-spitting ode to personal triumph, My Pelopolees, Tasman Keith has flipped the table with the music video for Divided; a smooth flow about the harder times, depression and the blurred lines between shared experiences.

Divided was the final taste of Tasman Keith’s debut EP ‘Mission Famous‘ ahead of its release today, Friday, October 26. To celebrate it’s release Tasman is now the cover photo for the official Australian Hip Hop Spotify playlist, ‘All Aussie Hip Hop’.


A loud voice in the fight for recognition, compassion and acceptance for individuals struggling through mental illness; Tasman takes the stories of those in his circle, combines them with his own personal stories and challenges his audience to find the line.

“Divided speaks from a standpoint in which I’m finding myself in the same position as many people do, dealing with depression and issues that are tough to face. Throughout the entire song, I dip in between speaking from a personal experience and taking the experience of others that I have seen be affected by these issues, people in my circle, family. The challenge for the listener is trying to find where that line is drawn, which parts are my truth and which parts are the truths of others,” said Tasman.

2017 marked a major milestone for Tasman; bursting on the independent hip-hop scene with his debut studio single ‘Might Snap’ which followed multiple underground mixtape releases since 2014. ‘Might Snap’ went into rotation across several community radio platforms including FBi Radio and received critical acclaim on triple j Unearthed. Shortly after, Tasman teamed up with ARIA nominated producer James Mangohig and Bad Apples Music’s Nooky to begin the process of compiling his debut studio EP.

Tasman has since shared the stage with renowned artists such as A. B. Original, Briggs, Birdz and Caiti Baker and performed at the Blue Mountain Music Festival and the Bad Apples Music House Party. Tasman had also collaborated with renown writer, poet, and rapper Omar Musa for the lead single ‘Assimilate’ on his album, ‘Since Ali Died’.

Tasman echoes the powerful message he presents in his music, using his platform to be a powerful voice for social justice and Indigenous issues. He was invited by lauded UK hip-hop artist, poet, writer, and activist Akala to sit on the Sydney Ideas Panel during which Tasman spoke passionately about the importance of using hip-hop as a medium to shed light on important issues facing his community and society at large.

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PREMIERE: Lazy J Drops Brand New Single ‘Make Money Not Friends’

After a successful run through the Australian series of The X-Factor, Lazy J took off with multiple releases building a solid Australian fan base. His feature on European superstar Faydee’s […]

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After a successful run through the Australian series of The X-Factor, Lazy J took off with multiple releases building a solid Australian fan base. His feature on European superstar Faydee’s hit record ‘Laugh Till you Cry’ saw exposure to a new market, with the video exceeding over 60 million Youtube views, being the #1 record in multiple European countries 12 weeks straight.

However, after a few successful years throughout his late teens, J was involved in an incident that would set him back from creating music for a while.

In October 2012, Lazy J was involved in a brawl after a confrontation at his gig led to him being stabbed outside of a nightclub.  Since returning back to the music game in 2017, J has released a mixtape titled ‘Gone A Minute Too Long’, with the hit single Flatline being the first to receive a visual treatment. Now in 2018, Lazy J hasn’t wasted a minute. His latest track Make Money Not Friends features NZ artist Poetik and is produced by local producer DJ Sefru. It also features backing vocals by Sydney singer/songwriter Bea Moon. Check it out below.


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Alex Parkman Feels A Way On New Single ‘Out Of Touch’

Zimbabwean born, Perth native Alex Parkman emerges with his debut, feature length single, Out of Touch. Parkman delivers a smooth blend of new-wave Hip Hop and R&B with deep, emotive […]

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Zimbabwean born, Perth native Alex Parkman emerges with his debut, feature length single, Out of Touch. Parkman delivers a smooth blend of new-wave Hip Hop and R&B with deep, emotive concepts.

As a Zimbabwean born immigrant, He moved to Australia with excitement for his new life. With the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, Alex quickly found comfort in knowing that music transcended all cultural barriers.

For him, making music was a gateway to connect and formed a sense of belonging. Out of Touch is an emotional anthem that explores aspects of lust, communication, and love. It delves into the idea of a distant relationship that is constantly out of reach.

I can see I’m bad for your health
I saw it in your eyes, I could tell you needed help
I just want you all to myself
You told me you were loved, can you tell me how it felt

The single utilises a range of moody synths and leads to create an emotional canvas for Alex’s deep, distorted vocals. The minimalist percussion and heavy auto-tune create a sombre yet flowing soundtrack to emphasise the themes of love and lust presented in the lyrics.

Parkman plans to spend 2018 releasing stand-alone singles and working with a wide variety of up and coming producers to further craft his dynamic and authentic sound before the release of his debut EP due in late 2019.


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Tkay Maidza Releases New Video For ‘Flexin’’ Feat. Duckwrth + Announces New EP

Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 Touring Nationally In September – Tickets On Sale Now! After reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Australian hip hop last week with the […]

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Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 Touring Nationally In September – Tickets On Sale Now!

After reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Australian hip hop last week with the release of her new single ‘Flexin’’ feat. Duckwrth, Tkay Maidza is today kicking it up a gear with the release of the official video for ‘Flexin’,’ and the announcement of her brand-new EP, Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1–out August 31 via Dew Process / UMA.

The ‘Flexin’’ video, directed by Keenan MacWilliam was shot in London and features the ever-talented Tkay showing off her Rugby Union skills, along with some assistance from some local rugby players and cameos from her crew and Duckwrth himself, who brings his rock star swagger to the clip, helping Tkay to party hard in a bopping street rave.

Tkay, who before her career as a musician and a performer was actually a champion tennis player, shows she’s got as mad skills with an oval ball on the footy field as she ever did with a racquet. Her athleticism stands as a perfect complement to her epic performance on the mic on this ill new track, with a great assist from Duckwrth on the fly.

‘Flexin’ is an ode to being yourself and being unapologetic for it,” says Tkay. And what better way than to visually reinterpret that ideal than by featuring athletes who in the last few years have taken massive strides towards shrinking the equality gap between male and female athletes. ‘Flexin’’ premiered last month on triple j’s Drive show, where she also spoke to Veronica and Lewis about her upcoming appearance at the triple j’s One Night Stand event in St. Helens, Tasmania on September 1. She’ll be performing on a who’s who line-up of the Australian musical landscape there, alongside Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Middle Kids and Alex The Astronaut.

However, she’s now readying to take the world by storm with her brand-new new EP –Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1– as well as a string of national live dates that will see her performing both solo headline shows and festival appearances throughout the rest of the year. Since emerging from Adelaide in 2014, Tkay has gone on to be one of the most recognised names, faces and sounds in modern, Australian hip hop.

Her early releases instantly won her a record deal and a loyal following, and over that time she’s been on a total hot streak. She’s released massive singles like ‘M.O.B.’ (which went Gold in 2017) and ‘Simulation,’ dropped the critically acclaimed debut album TKAY; been nominated for an ARIA; and has pulled together a rolodex of collaborators that features some of the biggest names out there, including Run The Jewels’Killer Mike and French producer extraordinaire Martin Solveig.

She’s also firmly established herself as one of the few Australian hip hop artists who has proven to be popular overseas, having been nominated for a BET Award, performing at Governor’s Ball in NYC, appearing on French TV, and been part of an international advertising campaign for Mumm Champagne – alongside the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Her versatility as an artist doesn’t just start and stop with music either.

She recently co-hosted Channel [V]’s live coverage of Splendour In The Grass 2018, interviewing some of the biggest artists of the festival alongside Aussie rock icon, Adalita Srsen. However, it’s impossible to keep Tkay from performing to a big crowd, and she managed to find a mic and jump on stage to perform some surprise cameos with Dune Rats and Mallrat– adding even more evidence to the fact she’s one of the most talented entertainers out there. It’s an exciting time for a young artist when they really begin to trust in their talent and know they’re not going to run out of steam.

Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 finds Tkay Maidza powering up to the next, brilliant phase of her career – or as she puts it best, “The old Tkay has grown, but it’s still lit.”

Select Music and Five Four Entertainment present TKAY MAIDZA ‘FLEXIN’’ HEADLINE TOUR With Special Guests Kwame + Arno Faraji & Tickets On Sale Now

Fri 7 Sept – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth, WA Tickets Available From | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Sat 8 Sept – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA Tickets Available From | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets

Thu 13 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC – New Show Added Tickets Available From | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets

Fri 14 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC –Sold Out

Sat 22 Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Tickets Available From | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets

Sat 1 Sept – Triple J – One Night Stand – St Helens, Tas With/ Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids And Alex The Astronaut

Sat 15 Sept – Brisbane Festival – The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, QLD
Fri 28 September – Sound On Festival – Perth Arena, WA
Sat 24 Nov – Grapevine Gathering – Rochford Winery, VIC
Sat 1 Dec – Grapevine Gathering – Roche Winery, NSW
Thur 13 – Sat 15 Dec – Festival Of The Sun – Port Macquarie, NSW

Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 – EP OUT AUGUST 31 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia


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