Sampa the Great has cancelled her planned ‘An Afro Future’ live shows, which were set to take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in the coming months, due to border restrictions.
Announced last month, Sampa was originally scheduled to kick off the run with a show at Sydney’s Domain in February. In March, the rapper was set to appear in Adelaide as part of WOMADelaide 2021, before wrapping up with a show at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.
“I’ve been waiting to hear better news around the changing border rules and lockdown for our Afrofuture shows in Australia,” Sampa wrote on Instagram earlier today.
“Unfortunately these shows can not go ahead until the climate gets better and I can bring my actual home crew with me.”
Refunds for all three shows will be available from point of purchase. The rapper added that she would now be using the time to work in the studio and finish her second album, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘The Return’.
“We want to do these shows right and there will be a lotta love poured into them. A little patience for the things I can’t control is alright with me.”
WOMADelaide has since responded to the cancellation, telling fans in a statement on social media, “We are currently working overtime to secure an awesome replacement and we will let you all know as soon as possible.”
Last year, Sampa took away three awards at the 2020 ARIAs, winning in the categories for Best Independent Release, Best Female Artist and Best Hip Hop Release. She also gave a performance of her album cut ‘Final Form’ live from Botswana.