By Amy Szmik, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of Josh Shinner]
Singer-songwriter Jordan Mackampa released his new single, “What Am I,” on Friday, September 20. Blending alternative pop and soul music, this release comes just months after his first single of 2019, “Under,” which came out May 24.
Mackampa’s newest single takes influence from his Congolese roots and his mother’s love of famous soul singers like Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, and he questions humanity and lost generations in the 4-minute track.
“’What Am I’ is a modern take on Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘What’s Going On,’ highlighting the state of the world right now,” Mackampa explained in a press release. “I wrote this song in the mindset of how I need to do more but don’t know how because I am only one man, trying his best to make change within the means available.”
Hailing from London, Jordan Mackampa has been releasing music since 2016. His debut single “Same Faces” gained him a steady following, and by his first EP, Physics, in late 2016, he had garnered critical acclaim from multiple music outlets.
The release of “What Am I” comes right before Mackampa performs at the Wild Paths Festival from October 18-20 in Norwich. After that, he will embark on a North American tour supporting alternative band Amber Run. The tour will start in Dallas, Texas, on October 25 and end in Los Angeles, California, on November 16. Find more information on the Wild Paths Festival here and the tour in general here.
Listen to Jordan Mackampa’s new single, “What Am I,” via YouTube below.