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LISTS & GUIDES
The best Nigerian songs of 2022 so far (Q3)
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The best Nigerian songs of 2022 so far (Q3)

PAM brings you the latest hits in Nigerian music, from Afrobeats and Afropop to superstars and up-and-comers. Dive into 2022’s hottest new Nigerian records.

Rap: 10 tracks and a tour of Africa (3rd semester)
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Rap: 10 tracks and a tour of Africa (3rd semester)

Rap is a genre that never stands still, so PAM brings you the latest developments from the African continent. Here is our selection of the 10 best tracks released over the last three months.

8 East African producers you should know
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8 East African producers you should know

Introducing a list of the Kenyan and Ugandan changemakers that are channeling a future-facing sound into the East African music scene using global inspiration and new technologies.

The best new reissues of 2022 so far
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The best new reissues of 2022 so far

Inventive labels are revealing to the world forgotten musical gems, full of history and lost to the archives. Here’s a selection of some of the best African reissues of 2022.

The best afro club tracks of the season
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The best afro club tracks of the season

This is it, the journalistic extension of our afro + club playlist is now a monthly series. A rendezvous not to be missed for DJs, clubbers and lovers of dancefloor sounds impregnated with the culture of the continent and its diaspora.

Nigerian producers to watch in 2022
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Nigerian producers to watch in 2022

PAM looks at the men and women behind the boards that are fashioning the sounds of afrobeats during its global rise to popularity.

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HISTORY
Julius Nyerere and the golden age of muziki wa dansi
History
Julius Nyerere and the golden age of muziki wa dansi

Julius Nyerere aka Mwalimu was a pan-Africanist icon with a taste for music. PAM recounts how Tanzania’s first president birthed the muziki wa dansi movement with state sponsored bands.

Haile Selassie I: Machiavellian ruler, hero of pan-Africanism
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Haile Selassie I: Machiavellian ruler, hero of pan‑Africanism

Haile Selassie I, emperor of Ethiopia and pan-African instigator, created an apocryphal personality and reign that has resonated into the reggae Rastafari and Africa’s modern political backdrop.

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on
Profiles
Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on

90 years ago, the South African singer, who was to become “Mama Africa”, a Pan-African heroine, was born. The life of a woman who thought that the fight should never end.

Mahotella Queens, the crown jewels of mbaqanga
History
Mahotella Queens, the crown jewels of mbaqanga

With a career spanning over fifty years, the Mahotella Queens brought mbaqanga music to a global audience, balancing an urban identity with traditional cultural practices.

Fela’s stories: Sorrow Tears and Blood
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Fela’s stories: Sorrow Tears and Blood

Binda Ngazolo, whose training owes a lot to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s albums, revisits the meaning and context of some of his most remarkable songs. In Fela’s own words. Today, “Sorrow Tears and Blood”

Willy N’for’s movements, migration, and the geography of groove
History
Willy N’for’s movements, migration, and the geography of groove

Musicians have always travelled. Willy N’for had all the necessary ingredients to want to travel, a troubled past, a complicated life, dexterity with the bass guitar, and an appetite for travelling on the interstellar grooves of funk, with dreams of jamming with giants.