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Blaqbonez announces Sex Over Love deluxe
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Blaqbonez announces Sex Over Love deluxe

Nigerian music’s official bad boy is set to release 5 new tracks in a deluxe version of his most recent album. Sex Over Love, Blaqbonez’s latest album, was a creative pivot from the heavy battle […]

PAM invites you to Johannesburg’s Bassline Fest
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PAM invites you to Johannesburg’s Bassline Fest

Join Sampa The Great, Thandiswa Mazwai, Stogie T and others this Saturday at Constitutional Hill!  Win one double ticket for Bassline Fest I AM HERE by sending your name and surname to [email protected], with “Bassline […]

Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On turns 50
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Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On turns 50

To celebrate the band’s iconic album, Legacy Recordings has announced a reissue on vinyl scheduled this December.  Sly & The Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it […]

Little Simz opens up about her father in short film
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Little Simz opens up about her father in short film

The video, inspired by the song “I Love You, I Hate You”, explores the trauma caused by the rapper’s absent father.  “You made a promise to God to be there for your kidsYou made a […]

Grove blends dancehall, punk and dub on SPICE
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Grove blends dancehall, punk and dub on SPICE 

The Bristol artist announces a new project full of snakes, vampires, soft cheeks and pum pum. Grove is a producer and vocalist from Bristol, United Kingdom. SPICE, her new EP,marks an experimentation of dancehall punk, […]

PAM Club: Parzubanil, Afro-Peruvian electronic avant-garde player
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PAM Club: Parzubanil, Afro‑Peruvian electronic avant‑garde player

PAM Club: Founder of Sacrilejio records, young Peruvian producer Parzubanil joins the experimental afrolatinx movement with a look at the future of a genre in full growth.

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PAM Club: Teno Afrika’s amapiano picks
PAM Club: Teno Afrika's amapiano picks

On the road to take on the world, young DJ and producer Teno Afrika adds his name to the PAM Club hall of fame with a refined amapiano set. A must listen.

South Africa
PAM Club : Raves, Feelings and Spirits from 1000HZ Republic by Piotr Dang
PAM Club : Raves, Feelings and Spirits from 1000HZ Republic par Piotr Dang

Since 2016, Polish label 1000HZ has been bringing us experimental sounds from Malawi and Tanzania. Its co-founder Piotr Dang encapsulates its essence in a futuristic three-act PAM Club. Miles away from the stereotypical definition of […]

Malawi, Poland, Tanzania
PAM Club: BJF’s 360° global bass
PAM Club: BJF's 360° global bass

This week at the PAM Club, French DJ and producer BJF offers his intercontinental vision of bass music via a hybrid set injected with the kind of percussion that is barely legal.

PAM Club: the Nile from the cosmos with Ozferti
PAM Club: the Nile from the cosmos with Ozferti

Masked musician Ozferti invites us to watch East Africa from the stars in an epic PAM Club mostly composed of unreleased productions.

PAM Club: Cardozo’s hot mix
PAM Club: Cardozo's hot mix

A prolific producer on the rise, Cardozo enters the PAM Club as a DJ to take us on an electronic tour of Africa for a literally explosive session.

Côte d’Ivoire, France
PAM Club: lessons of “Praktikadance”
PAM Club: lessons of "Praktikadance”

After an appearance on our radio show, Praktika gets in a dancefloor mood live from Lyon and stops by the PAM Club for a borderless set. A few weeks ago, Praktika had offered us a […]

France
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Lovers Rock: when Sade reunited with her first love
Chronique
Lovers Rock: when Sade reunited with her first love

Twenty years ago, British-Nigerian soul icon Sade paid homage to a British subgenre of reggae with a homecoming album, Lovers Rock.

The many voices of Herbie Tsoaeli
Feature
The many voices of Herbie Tsoaeli

For Jazzfest Berlin – Johannesburg, PAM met the Award winning South African bassist, as well as the spirits he carries. Meet Bra Herbie, the musician who speaks voices in volume.

A guide to Kenya’s alternative music scene
List / Guide
A guide to Kenya’s alternative music scene

Discover the key faces, places, and sounds of Kenya’s new alternative scene guided by Tetu Shani.

Back In Office, Mayorkun’s new mandate
Profiles
Back In Office, Mayorkun’s new mandate

The Nigerian superstar has conquered the Afrobeats space and campaigns once again with Back In Office, a solid second album that won’t leave his city unrested. PAM spoke with Mayorkun about his striking career, staying relevant and his latest project. 

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.

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.

HISTORY
Portuguese-speaking Africa: 10 songs for the end of a colonial empire
Histoire
Portuguese‑speaking Africa: 10 songs for the end of a colonial empire

The Carnation Revolution spelled the end of Portugal’s colonial empire. From Cape Verde to Angola, Mozambique to Guinea-Bissau, we look back to the soundtrack of the years of liberation.

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.

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’.

Ousmane Sembène, griot of the screen
Profiles
Ousmane Sembène, griot of the screen

PAM salutes the great Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène with a panning shot of his life and a pull focus on his use of music in cinema

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
Série
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)