Sambambo

Sambambo

Sam is a queer sax player, singer, composer and producer who is heavily inspired by jazz and Black American Music.

Her lyrics are honest and carefully considered, and she discusses sensitive topics you don’t often hear approached in song, such as homelessness, poverty, abortion, grief and bipolar disorder.

Sam’s first Greenbelt was spent in the womb, and she’s been an avid Greenbelter ever since. She begged the Caravan of Love to let her do a set at Prospect Farm last year, and played before Greenbelt favourite Harry Baker. We chanced across her performance and knew we had to have her back.

“Greenbelt holds a very special place in my heart, and I have so many core memories here. I love the vibe and ethos for many reasons, but especially close to my heart is its wholehearted queerness. I found not just love and acceptance, but total empathy and understanding here as a young teenager when I was (first) angry with the Bible and the church. The words ‘queer Christian’ are still oxymoronic to many people, but not at Greenbelt, where one can find equal appreciation as a fervent anti-Christian. (I know, because I did). I first kissed a girl here; I spent a weekend desperately suicidal here; and I was stage stewarding when John Bell came out as gay.”

This is the first proper festival slot she’s ever had, and she said to us, “Are you sure you want me this year? To have an hour at the Canopy – my favourite venue at my favourite festival – is almost too exciting. I can’t achieve a lifelong goal at 23; where will I go from here?!”

She hasn’t released any music publicly yet, but has shown us the demos. She’ll play some of her songs for the first time in public at Greenbelt this year, and we can’t wait for her to have the loving crowd she deserves.