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Serge Ibaka and Ninho dissect success on “Champion”
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Serge Ibaka and Ninho dissect success on "Champion"

NBA star Serge Ibaka joins forces with French rapper Ninho on “Champion,” a track born from success. Their words read like a slogan: “To live and die like a champion – the others didn’t even […]

Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa to play live set for Paris festival
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Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa to play live set for Paris festival

Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa will play a live greatest hits set for the group’s tenth anniversary, at 7pm tonight, on PAM’s Facebook page. A transcendental universe of music awaits! Aziz Sahmaoui and […]

The Black Monument Ensemble returns with defiant new album
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The Black Monument Ensemble returns with defiant new album

After the release of Where Future Unfolds last December, the super collective has announced NOW, an album that will be released on International Anthem.

Scrimshire and Penya get remixed by Village Cuts
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Scrimshire and Penya get remixed by Village Cuts

PAM unveils the London duo’s exclusive remix of “Tanto Tiempo,” which was produced by Adam Scrimshire and the group Penya. Known in London as a purveyor of party vibes, the duo Village Cuts continues their […]

Psychedelic South African afro-rock in the spotlight on reissues
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Psychedelic South African afro‑rock in the spotlight on reissues

The label Matsuli Music is re-releasing two classic albums from psychedelic South African afro-rock: Rufaro and Harari. Recorded by the Rashid Vally’s independent label, As-Shams, these two records plunge us into the rich past of psychedelic […]

Muzi set to perform live from Free State cave in South Africa
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Muzi set to perform live from Free State cave in South Africa

The South African musician has announced a Youtube broadcast of his Caves of Clarens show, on February 24. It is a fascinating twenty-five minute performance that was filmed in one of the most amazing caves […]

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Venezonix electrifies the Afro-Venezuelan rhythms of his heritage
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Venezonix electrifies the Afro‑Venezuelan rhythms of his heritage

A Venezuelan living in Miami, Venezonix champions Afro-Venezuelan music in promising debut EP. Meet the artist.

Mr Eazi the man, musician, and mogul
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Mr Eazi the man, musician, and mogul

Mr Eazi is back with a new persona, building a bridge between the music and entrepreneurship on his new EP, while laying the groundwork for African creatives for generations to come. Meet the man, musician, and mogul.

“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha
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“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha

Nina Simone’s song became Aretha Franklin’s hit. It’s many covers attest to how much it has spoken and continues to speak to black artists from the US and elsewhere.

Zlatan, the lavish Lagosian street rapper
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Zlatan, the lavish Lagosian street rapper

A Lagos native, Zlatan came up with nothing and now seems to have everything. Zlatan recounts his come-up from street boy to Burna Boy collaborator in our exclusive interview.

J’ouvert in the diaspora
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J’ouvert in the diaspora

This year in Port Of Spain, J’ouvert morning won’t dawn. On September 28th 2020, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley confirmed that due to the continuing global pandemic the carnival of carnivals is cancelled, a privation also to befall Rio De Janeiro and New Orleans where the pre-lent bacchanal will likewise be missing in 2021.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock’s soul mate
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock’s soul mate

Despite being an inspiration for Chuck Berry and Elvis, this gospel singer and virtuoso guitarist was left almost totally absent from the history books before a recent revival that is finally beginning to do her justice, almost 40 years after her death.

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Roots: Curtis Mayfield, a dedicated soul
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Roots: Curtis Mayfield, a dedicated soul

During Black History Month, PAM looks back at landmark works of American black music that are enmeshed in the country’s history. Today, the album Roots, Curtis Mayfield’s fine tuning of his allegiance to Black Power.

Amha Eshèté, the dreamer who cut the grooves of Ethiopia’s golden sounds onto wax
Interview
Amha Eshèté, the dreamer who cut the grooves of Ethiopia’s golden sounds onto wax

Amha Eshèté was Ethiopia’s first independent record producer. It is to him that we owe the first recordings (and the following two hundred) of the golden age of Ethiopian music, later resurrected by the famous Éthiopiques series. He confesses it all to PAM in full detail (Part one).

Soweto, a musical genealogy by Lerato Lichaba from Urban Village
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Soweto, a musical genealogy by Lerato Lichaba from Urban Village

PAM met the founder of the group Urban Village, a guitarist and art researcher born in Soweto. In a few vinyls, he retraces a slice of South African music history (60-80s), all the way from their village to Soweto, the great cultural shaker.

Kawina, coups, and Sranan soul: a brief history of Surinamese music
History
Kawina, coups, and Sranan soul: a brief history of Surinamese music

We celebrate Suriname’s 45th year of Independence, recounting the story of the rich Pan-African origins of Surinamese music shaped in the hearth of political turmoil.

‘Regard sur le passé’: when Bembeya Jazz sang Samory Touré’s epic anthem of resistance
Histoire
'Regard sur le passé': when Bembeya Jazz sang Samory Touré's epic anthem of resistance

On October 2, 1958, Guinea became independent. Ten years later, the country paid tribute to the towering figure of Samory Touré, a hero of the anti-colonial struggle, in a masterful work, crafted by the Bembeya Jazz National.

Bob Marley’s Survival: An album for Zimbabwe!
Chronique
Bob Marley's Survival: An album for Zimbabwe!

On October 2, 1979, Bob Marley & The Wailers released Survival. A Pan-Africanist work like never seen before, which included the seminal hit “Zimbabwe”.

The flute, Africas’ breath of life
Histoire
The flute, Africas' breath of life

Whatever its shape, the flute stands firmly rooted in most African music. This is an insight into the role of the instrument, with a focus on the musicians who made it famous and those who place it in the spotlight today.

Zaire 74: Africa and the Black Americas reunited in Kinshasa
Chronique
Zaire 74: Africa and the Black Americas reunited in Kinshasa

Franco, Tabu Ley, Makeba, Abeti… they all were recorded during these three crazy nights that announced the famous Ali vs Foreman boxing fight. Back to Kinshasa, Zaire, 1974.

Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (2/2)
Histoire
Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (2/2)

In the second and final part of our introduction to Moorish music, PAM takes a look at how the Moorish sound evolved from the days of colonization.