The odds are, your favourite musician’s best songs sample earlier records. Sampling allows producers put together artists from different times in one band. A producer can have Kiki Gyan play the keyboard and put Burna Boy on the mic, while Hugh blows your mind away with his trumpet.
Some musicians argue sampling is a lazy way of producing music. Meanwhile, others insist what a producer does at a DAW, no instrumentalist can replicate. A good sample is high-quality on its own and has cultural resonance. There are classics that have been sampled so many times that enthusiasts have to search through layers to get the original.
Sample Chief is an online community that unearths sampled African music, highlights the samples in new releases, and curates music histories from the continent. Harmattan Rain teamed up with them to showcase a few older African songs that have been sampled, and the fire tracks that sampled them.