Sampa The Great / Obongjayar


Location Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Prices € 35 / € 30
Duration About 2h00
Numbered seating / free standing

For health reasons, Sampa The Great was forced to cancel her performance at Days Off. The concert with Obongjayar is therefore cancelled. Your tickets will be refunded in the next few days.

Ultra-modern hybrid mixtures from London singer Obongjayar, who fuses soul with the Afrobeat of his native Nigeria, alongside Zambian rapper Sampa the Great, a new star breaking down boundaries between hip-hop, R’n’B and Zamrock.

1/ Obongjayar

Before you can truly appreciate the silky and subtle soul of London-based Obongjayar’s first album, Some Nights I Dream of Doors, you are first struck by his soft, sensual and slightly masked voice. This voice diffuses through all twelve tracks of this album blending the best of R’n’B, electro and Afrobeat, a direct heritage from Nigeria where Steven Umoh – by his real name – was born and spent the first seventeen years of his life before moving to London. The UK capital is the epicentre of a young, effervescent hip-hop and jazz scene, making it the perfect playground for our artist: his music is fertile with the meetings and friendships made and formed across his EPs and collaborations (particularly with his good friend Little Simz) which ultimately led to this first album, acclaimed by critics as being a sensational success and the starting point of an adventure expected to be enthralling.

2/ Sampa the Great

Sampa Tembo was born in Zambia and raised in Botswana before travelling the world to study music and train as a sound engineer. First stop, California, followed by Australia, where the young woman laid the foundations of her spectacular discography. Her first two mixtapes immediately identified her as an upcoming talent, as she blended hip-hop, soul, jazz, gospel and reggae with remarkable ease. The Return, her first proper album released in 2019, is ear-catching due to the rapper’s broad production and powerful flow. Influences from Southern Africa abound, and Sampa the Great incorporated this idea yet further in As Above, So Below in 2022, an astounding melting pot of styles and languages, polyrhythms and vocal harmonies, special guests (Joey Badass and Angélique Kidjo) and nods to Zamrock, the fusion of traditional Zambian music and psychedelic rock born in the 1970s. The end result is strikingly modern.


Hey Paris,
I feel super sad writing this message to you! 
After my Last show in Lyon I lost my voice and had to go to the Doctors. 
Unfortunately, I was given a laryngitis diagnosis and will now have to rest my voice for the next few days, in order to continue the remainder of my Tour. 
I’m soo sorry I can’t make it to this show and apologies to everyone who bought a ticket to see me. 
I was looking forward to sharing the stage with the amazing artists on this lineup but I’m glad you still get to see amazing music!
I owe it to myself to take care of me to give you the best of me. So I will sit this one out, though I will back 🙏🏾❤️
Much Love Paris X

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