Category: Sampha

MERCURY PRIZE 2017 commentary – Evening Standard, 15 Sept 2017

The Mercury Prize is the most subjective of awards – no counting of sales figures, no academy or fan votes – just 12 people in a room arguing. For every supporter of whatever the judges name the album of the year, there will be an equal and opposite detractor. I’m with them this time. Process, the debut album by 28-year-old… Read more →

SAMPHA interview – Evening Standard, 27 Jan 2017

Do you have to have suffered to sing with soul? Sampha Sisay is the latest unhappy proof that it helps, at least. “I definitely feel like when I’m writing or playing, it’s an alleviation of something,” says the 28-year-old south Londoner. “Those things can be a fuel.”   His current single, (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano, is surely… Read more →

SAMPHA, Electric Brixton – Evening Standard, 22 Nov 2016

It was easy to tell how hot Sampha Sisay is right now from the temperature inside a packed Electric Brixton. Although it was caused by an effort to  combat secondary ticketing, the still epic queue down the street at showtime also indicated the south Londoner’s current status. With another London show twice the size already booked for the spring, he… Read more →