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#MusicExchange: Vicky Sampson

Great, soul-filled and fantastic music insists on being heard. One such song, despite the odds stacked against it at the time, survived the test of time to finally arrive, albeit fashionably late.
#MusicExchange: Vicky SampsonThe story of Love & Miracles genesis goes back some 14 years ago when, in 2007, RJ Benjamin, a then-rising star, singer and prolific music producer, met the already legendary Vicky Sampson. At the time, the two were building a strong working relationship and friendship. Benjamin acted as the producer for several songs Sampson had penned.

One track she presented was a ballad titled Love & Miracles, a song she had written with another celebrated musician and bassist, Trevor Donjeany, best-known and respected for his work with the late-great Johnny Clegg. The song was perfectly penned to be a duet and naturally, Benjamin agreed to sing alongside Sampson.

Sadly, the original recording of Love & Miracles was shelved, never to be heard and with it, the growing relationship these two great South African musicians had forged to that point. Fast forward to 2020 when a pandemic and a national lockdown gripped the world. For many artists, this became a time of reflection, and for Benjamin a chance to finally dig into the “what ifs” around his unpublished and unreleased archives.

Upon re-listening to one such gem, Love & Miracles, it became clear to Benjamin that the song deserved to be heard by both his fans and the many loyal followers of Sampson. On a phone call that saw the two artists reconnected and a unique friendship rekindled, the duo agreed to re-record and re-release it three weeks ago. The song is out now on all streaming platforms.

I caught up with the legendary Vicky Sampson last week:

BizcommunityWhat is your job description?

Performing artist, composer and singer.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

Music opens doors to the minds and the hearts of people all around the world.

BizcommunityMy music is about…

Bringing to life my experiences and many experiences of those who do not always have a voice to express themselves.
BizcommunityWhat is your motto?

Be careful as you climb the stairs how you treat others as at some point you have to come down those same stairs.

BizcommunityFame is about…

A dream for the world to know who you are and hear your music, but to me it goes much deeper than that - it’s about changing lives.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when…

I die.

BizcommunityI don't do…

Big egos and unkind behaviour.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with…

Adele, Seal and Oleta Adams.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

To the mountains or alternatively climb mountains of my own.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

It’s connecting with people after a performance and hearing their stories.

BizcommunityThe song you must do during every show:

My Afrikan Dream.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

I once got stuck halfway between the stage and the floor on a lift coming up onto stage and ended up with my co-singer singing our duet only with our top halves out.

BizcommunityMy heroes are:

People who stand up for what they believe in, fight against injustice and stand for those who have no voice.

BizcommunityMy style icon is:

I always tend to follow my own style preferences.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

Tina Turner. She has proven that one can overcome the greatest odds and rise above it. This has encouraged me to never give up and to believe in myself.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have one, but I would say my mind if that were to be considered as a possession.

BizcommunityIt's your round, what are you drinking?

BizcommunityDream gig to do:

Radio City Music Hall in New York.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

My voice, not just as a singer but as an activist as well.

BizcommunityAny nicknames:

Vickster, Vickson, Vickles, Vicks, Vikayla, and Sampsonite are just a few.

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I really don’t know. I would most likely be working with animals and nature as that was my dream when I was a child.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself:

Patient, humorous, loving, spontaneous and never dull.

BizcommunityWhat are you streaming?

Manifest. A series about a group of people who go missing for five years, yet when their plane lands they believe it’s only been a day. They all possess special powers thereafter.

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:

City of Angels directed by Brad Silberling featuring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

Never, Never, Never by Shirley Bassey. At the age of seven, I realised that I had a voice. She remains one of my favourite performers to this day.

BizcommunityWho do you love?

I love God, my children and my freedom.

BizcommunityWhat is your favourite word?


BizcommunityTop of your bucket list:

To have a home by the mountain with a river running by.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement:

My kids. What else would it be?

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

People who don’t have etiquette on social media or via means of telephonic use.

BizcommunityWhat is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is that I will never have as much fun as I should have or live a life which impacts others positively.

BizcommunityHappiness is…

A state of being what I have yet to achieve. But on a more immediate note, it’s seeing my kids happy and fulfilled.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to…

Perspire a lot and sometimes I tend to talk too much.

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have learned:

Be kind to others and oneself. There are still many lessons being learned.

BizcommunityWhat has been your favourite journey so far?

My trip to the Serengeti. It was arduous and took an entire day but the outcome was worth it.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work, and if you do, what do you do?

I do work for St. Anne’s, which is a home for abused women and children as well as various appearances at some community high schools.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams:

I wish to be completely debt-free, own a home I can call mine and work on my project for peace in Africa.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

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