Colonialism, Blackness, Women: Sam Amant
At the German Deli in East London, with her monochrome striped leggings, a ruffled prince-esque shirt and her shaved head the softly spoken in real life Sam Amant electrified on stage. To stilted electro/punk rhythms, performed live on her Korg Electribe ESX sampler-sequencershe shouted out refrains in English and French; A Clodhopper was hooked from then, and the love affair continues. Hailing from “fascist land in South of France (Menton)” Sam left the country in 2003 after a realisation that “being a black woman whose music is influenced by punk and post-rock does not integrate into the colonialist culture of France which accepts more willingly that a black woman from an island is necessarily a singer of zouk or any tropical music kind...I was NOT ready to wear a banana belt to please the French audience.” Sam clearly felt she did not not belong there; instead finding more comfort in another colonial country - England.
This move proved fruitful, from her very first gig in the capital city London Sam says there was was a feeling she, and so too her music, were understood and very soon embarked upon a series of gigs. Among them ‘Madame Jojo’s’ and ‘Old Blue Last’ in the capital; ‘The Factory’ in Manchester and ‘Metropolis’ in Bristol; concerts across Europe including ‘Pukkelpop’ festival in Belgium (alongside luminaries like Peaches and Pharrell Williams ); more festivals across Sweden, Portugal and Spain supporting artists like Roots Manuva, Boy George and Beardyman. Not to mention collaborating with Yo Majesty, Kate Garner and Chris Cunningham. Sam also writes plays and produces her own music proving the style and stage persona are equally met with skill and ability.
She really is a truly brilliant, bold and controversial one woman hurricane absolutely thrilling to see live and perhaps why many have likened her to ‘M.I.A’ and ‘Peaches’, but there is something much more rebellious in spirit, early punk in nature and far more artistic in her approach to music. There’s also a diversity to her talents, A Clodhopper was blown away by an impromptu live MC session she did to the backing of a Drum & Base DJ set - it was fucking mind blowing to watch. But this is a far cry from the women who In 2010, against all odds, her heart broken, decided to escape London to live in exile in Morocco over a period of several years, but since 2016 Sam Amant is back in London, and she’s ready to launch her first EP in February 2017 - Encore! Encore! Encore!