Sampha’s Zine ‘Shy Light’ Officially Launches Today in London


The incredibly talented Sampha announced his venture into the zine industry back in May. Now, Shy Light is making its way to print as part of Sampha’s philanthropic fundraiser to aid the work of Street Child, a charity dedicated to improving the conditions for children in Nepal, Nigeria, Liberia and Sampha’s homeland of Sierra Leone. Currently, Street Child has focused much of its efforts on those affected by Sierra Leone’s current mudslide/flooding crisis. The singer-songwriter and musician has been quoted as saying, “I had originally planned to release the physical zine this week, but in light of the recent tragic events in Sierra Leone, I’ve spent a lot of time questioning whether this is the right thing to do. After much soul-searching and conversations with my family in Freetown, I’ve decided to go ahead. Sierra Leone has had more than its fair share of tragedies and deep trauma. It’s also a beautiful country full of wonderful people. My hope is that with Shy Light (and Process), I can do a little bit to highlight both these aspects of a country that is also a fundamental part of who I am. Above all I also hope to help raise awareness of the current crisis in Sierra Leone.

Shy Light visually details Sampha’s debut album Process and features work from London menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner, LA-based visual dream duo Jalan and Jibril Durimel and Jamie Andrew Reid (Art Director at Dazed). The zine launched at Tate Modern (London) today in celebration of their Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition (which also features work from our own Solange) and is available for purchase at Opening Ceremony in NYC. A limited number of Shy Light prints will be available for purchase on Tuesday, August 29th at 10am BST via the Young Turks online store.

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