Shy Light is described as “a visual exploration” of the album and Sampha’s roots in London and Sierra Leone. The musician grew up in Morden but his parents were born in Freetown and many of his family still live there.
The magazine will be published in June and contains lyrics alongside images from Sampha’s archives and a specially commissioned series shot in Freetown by photographers Durimel.
The project follows Sampha’s collaboration with director Khalil Joseph. Joseph – who has also worked with Arcade Fire and Beyonce – created a beautiful film to mark the launch of Process earlier this year. The film was released exclusively on Apple Music and combines footage from London and Sierra Leone with performances from Sampha and interviews with his family.
The magazine was created in partnership with WeTransfer Studios – an arm of file sharing site WeTransfer devoted to producing original content. WTS partnered with FKA Twigs to make a film about her dance workshop in Baltimore last year and recently made a film with musician Madame Ghandi for International Women’s Day.
You can download a digital preview of Shy Light from WeTransfer’s This Works blog.
Creative direction: Sampha + Grace Wales Bonner
Photography: Jalan + Jibril Durimel
Art Direction: Jamie Andrew Reid
Additional collage images: The Sisay Family