review | sampha live in london

Sampha‘s live performances are a testament to his undeniable talent in neo-soul and alternative R&B. With his dynamic and powerful voice, reassuring lyrics, and elite band, the artist created an unforgettable experience for his audience at London’s Alexandra Palace. Sampha began his set by elegantly building momentum on his keyboard until his vocals met the microphone. “I’ve been lifted by her love/I fell lifted from above,” he sings Suspense as pockets of the crowd passionately sing his lyrics back to him.

Camera lights dazzle across the venue as a gentle feeling fills the atmosphere. Sampha performs an array of songs from his latest album Lahai before publicly thanking his band Elsas, Blake Cascoe, Rosetta and Ruthven. He then gives a fiery performance of fan favourite Plastic 100°C, a nostalgic throwback to his 2017 debut album Process. Artists Lil Silva and Ghetts appear on stage to perform their Sampha collaboration Still as a trio but, unfortunately, Ghetts’ microphone malfunctioned, leaving the crowd perplexed. The thrill of a surprise guest was revived when Lil Simz pounced up and down the stage, giving a stunning performance.

Sampha ended his set with a performance of Blood on Me. The stage backdrop illuminated in red providing a riveting visual end to the show. Sampha’s euphoric lyricism is even more pronounced during his live performances. If you haven’t had the chance to see him live yet, don’t miss out. It’s an experience you won’t forget.


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photography. Isha Shah
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