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KOKOROKO returns with single in homage to Cassie Kinoshi’s grandfather
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KOKOROKO returns with single in homage to Cassie Kinoshi's grandfather

“Baba Ayoola” is an invitation to celebrate life from the London jazz band, now firmly established at the top of the exciting new English scene.   After the rapturous global reception for their track “Carry Me […]

Back to the roots for Kokoroko with their single ‘Carry Me Home’
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Back to the roots for Kokoroko with their single 'Carry Me Home'

The London band Kokoroko is inspired by Dele Sosimi, an English musician of Nigerian origin for their song “Carry Me Home”. Photo © Nina Manandhar Led by trumpet player and bandleader Sheila Maurice-Grey, the band is […]

KOKOROKO, the many moods of afro-jazz
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KOKOROKO, the many moods of afro‑jazz

With their self-titled debut EP, the London-based combo KOKOROKO reminds us that jazz is not just the soundtrack to chatting about life with a glass of bourbon. Theirs, blended with soul and afrobeat, is also […]

Kokoroko is back with its soul and afrobeat-tainted jazz
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Kokoroko is back with its soul and afrobeat‑tainted jazz

One year after the release of their debut track “Abusey Junction”, the Londoners announced their first EP with “Uman”. The band’s name ‘Kokoroko’ means ‘be strong’ in Orobo, a language and tribe from Nigeria. The […]

The best albums of the year 2020
Liste / Guide
The best albums of the year 2020

2021 is fast approaching and it presents the opportunity for PAM to look back on the best albums of the last year. A difficult year is drawing to a close, one in which the world […]

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London has its own jazz and it’s here to stay
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London has its own jazz and it’s here to stay

Vanguards of the London jazz scene have garnered acclaim by cultivating a culture of musical diversity and inclusion passed on through dedicated teachers and a spirit of giving.

Theon Cross, moving beyond jazz
Portrait
Theon Cross, moving beyond jazz

In London, Theon Cross is a part of a new wave of Jazz musicians that approach the genre with a sense of freedom, experimentation and cross pollination.

Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, two giants reunited beyond death
Interview
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, two giants reunited beyond death

Tony Allen has completed the project he began ten years ago with his friend Hugh Masekela, who left us in 2018. Following the release of this new album, Rejoice, PAM met the brilliant drummer in Paris. […]