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The new mixtape style record from Sampa The Great serves as a wondrous tasting plate of her styles ahead of a future full fledged album debut.

Sampa’s style is uniquely her own as she blends elements of reggae with soul, jazz and modern hip-hop. This is done by incorporating traditional hand percussion instruments with tribal chants, traditional jazz or soul instruments and modern hip-hop beats.

Upon this melodic style Sampa also weaves a deep tale within her lyrics as she searches for a clearly defined identity as a Zambian born woman now living in Sydney.

Birds And The BEE9 verges on a spiritual experience as the listener takes it all in. If this record is any indication of what is yet to come then fans are in for a treat with the inevitable debut album.

★★★1/2