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Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker survey new Cuban music from the 70s and 80s
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Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker survey new Cuban music from the 70s and 80s

Following an acclaimed first volume, the two Soul Jazz Records explorers return with Culture Clash In Havana Cuba – Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 2. Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved […]

Duppy Gun announces new project from RDL Shellah and SKRS
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Duppy Gun announces new project from RDL Shellah and SKRS

The dancehall label brings the Jamaican vocalist and the Canadian collective together on the Showcase EP. Experience the first single, “TurnMiOn,” with PAM.  Part of I Jahbar’s Roolingz Musik collective, RDL Shellah recorded under the […]

Abdullah Ibrahim announces Solotude, a new solo piano album
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Abdullah Ibrahim announces Solotude, a new solo piano album

The South African piano maestro is back with “Blue Bolero”, a delicate rendition of one of his originals, available now as a single. Abdullah Ibrahim  (who has also recorded as Dollar Brand) is one of […]

Espacio Dios drops visuals for “Insecure” ahead of new EP
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Espacio Dios drops visuals for “Insecure” ahead of new EP

The video arrives ahead of the Panorama Route EP, the third project from the alternative South African artist. Espacio Dios is a songwriter, producer and artist from Mafikeng, South Africa. Known for his project Son […]

10 albums you should listen to this week
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10 albums you should listen to this week

Buena Vista Social Club (25th Anniversary Edition) Buena Vista Social Club For the legendary project’s 25th birthday, World Circuit reissues a remastered version of Buena Vista Social Club with previously unheard tracks from the original […]

Ballaké Sissoko unveils intimate new album, A Touma
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Ballaké Sissoko unveils intimate new album, A Touma

The Malian virtuoso returns for a close tête à tête with his kora, exploring Mandingo traditions, family history and Malian legends on eight tracks. Taking time off from sessions tied to his latest album, Djourou, […]

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PAM Club: Kaval, the prince of hard drum
PAM Club: Kaval, the prince of hard drum

This week it is the turn of Kaval, live from Toulouse, to bring his sound to the PAM Club, a resonant, percussive mix inhabited by the sound system spirit. Until then, Rémi Kaval’s only tool […]

PAM Club: OMAAR’s euphoric cocktail
PAM Club: OMAAR's euphoric cocktail

The Mexican artist OMAAR blends the sound of the London streets with Afro-Latin influences in a vibrant PAM Club appointment, announcing the return of the series.

Mexico
PAM Club: This Generation Cares by Wave Arising
PAM Club: This Generation Cares by Wave Arising

Journey to the heart of the Wave Arising project with the techno figure 69dB and the dancer Kynsie for a zero gravity sound that is off the beaten track, sitting somewhere between live act and DJ set.

La Réunion, Réunion, Royaume-Uni, United Kingdom
PAM Club: Beats and Rituals by Sunken Cages
PAM Club: Beats and Rituals by Sunken Cages

Here, the Indian-born New Yorker Sunken Cages delivers a complex, yet clean, episode of PAM Club in the spirit of his debut album that was released earlier this year on On The Corner Records.

India, United States
PAM CLUB: Kleopatra Divine
PAM CLUB: Kleopatra Divine

Kleopatra Divine is a Rwandan DJ and digger who promotes female artists and understands the sweet science of undulating bodies. A member of the Noir Divine duo and close to the group Moonshine, this “zouk […]

France, Rwanda
PAM Club: afro club according to DAWA
PAM Club: afro club according to DAWA

Parisian collective DAWA, formed of DJ Ata, DJ Diyou and DJ Nek London, throws a three speeds PAM Club guided by an addictive Afro-electronic groove. A thrilling one hour overview of what these diasporic music agitators normally reserve for us in the clubs of the French capital.

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From Triggerman to Big Freedia: A beginner’s guide to bounce
Feature
From Triggerman to Big Freedia: A beginner’s guide to bounce

Pan African Music gives you the 101 on the uniquely New Orleans genre, bounce, and the need-to-know on its global ascent.

Soundtracking FESPACO, Burkina Faso’s Pan African film festival
History
Soundtracking FESPACO, Burkina Faso’s Pan African film festival

From awkward presidential entrances to prize winning soundtracks, music has scored the iconic film festival that brings together filmmakers from across the continent and diaspora since its inception in 1969.

Aymos’ Yimi Lo reveals the man behind the voice
Profiles
Aymos’ Yimi Lo reveals the man behind the voice

The little prince of amapiano has made a name for himself signing some of the biggest hits of South Africa. Yimi Lo, his bright debut album, proves nevertheless that it was never the singer’s goal to fit the mainstream. PAM spoke with Aymos about his new project and his journey.

A history of Nyatiti and the masters who play her name
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A history of Nyatiti and the masters who play her name

A brief history of the Luo clan’s great musical contribution, Nyatiti, an eight stringed pentatonic lyre with a percussive base.

Rexxie, A True Champion of Nigerian street music
Interview
Rexxie, A True Champion of Nigerian street music

After years of being known only by his famous tag (“Yo Rexxie Pon Dis One!”), Nigeria’s super producer now has a 17-track album under his name. PAM met with Rexxie to speak about A True Champion and much more. 

ATO: A tale of a few cities
Interview
ATO: A tale of a few cities

PAM spoke to thoughtful Leeds based rapper ATO about lyrical honesty, relatability, and collaboration ahead of a return to live gigs.

HISTORY
The other heroes of the Table Ronde
Histoire
The other heroes of the Table Ronde

On 30 June 1960, the Congo (DRC) became independent. Alan Brain, director of the movie The Rumba Kings, and Manda Tchebwa, historian of Congolese music, have reconstructed in detail, with the help of archives, African Jazz orchestra’s journey. On their way to Belgium, the orchestra was in charge of brightening up the nights of the delegates participating in the negotiations, and composed the ‘Independence Cha Cha’.

Blue Note goes to Africa
Article
Blue Note goes to Africa

The story of how the iconic label and its roster embraced newly independent Africa in the 1960’s. From Ghana to Nigeria and on to Tanzania via Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and McCoy Tyner

“Satchmo Okuka Lokole”: When Louis Armstrong traveled to the Congo
Article
"Satchmo Okuka Lokole": When Louis Armstrong traveled to the Congo

When the African-American trumpet player and singer Louis Armstrong arrived in the Congo, the newly independent country was going through a major crisis. But his voyage was met with wild enthusiasm and inspired the group African Jazz to write him a song of welcome.

Carnival, a bastion of Brazilian resistance
Article
Carnival, a bastion of Brazilian resistance

An expression of social and political life, the Carnival is also a liminal space of transgression, offering a celebratory freedom of expression synonymous with challenging the powers that be.

And it’s farewell Nkrumah…
Série
And it’s farewell Nkrumah...

In the mid-1960s the father of an independent Ghana was becoming increasingly authoritarian and discontentment was growing, particularly amongst the military. Ghana was entering a period of uncertainty.

After the sun of independence come the rains
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After the sun of independence come the rains

Ghana opened the floodgates to independence, but the storm clouds soon formed over Kwame Nkrumah’s head, caught in the net of the Cold War. Music, as always, accompanies these events. Ghana Freedom (4/5)

Highlife, the soundtrack to a new era
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Highlife, the soundtrack to a new era

Ghana Freedom (2/5). On the eve of independence, highlife music was in vogue in Ghana.

The black star of Ghana in the firmament of independence
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The black star of Ghana in the firmament of independence

Ghana Freedom (1/5) | Ghana, the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence, was like a guiding star for those dreaming of freedom.

On 6th March 1957, Gold Coast gained its independence and became Ghana
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On 6th March 1957, Gold Coast gained its independence and became Ghana

64 years ago Gold Coast won its freedom and became Ghana. We look back on the music surrounding this event, a glimpse of independence for the whole continent.