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Bonga, from the childhood courtyard
Interview
Bonga, from the childhood courtyard

He could have become a sprinter, a public servant or a guerrilla, but Bonga turned his husky voice into a unique weapon that has conquered the world. His new album celebrates his 50-year career, and the music of his childhood in the family courtyard.

Etran de l’Aïr: Air, guitars and stars!
Review
Etran de l'Aïr: Air, guitars and stars!

Good news from the galaxy : Etran de l’Aïr’s second album already has desert dunes and Niger’s music borders rocking !

Toumani Diabaté, the man who talked with a symphony orchestra
Interview
Toumani Diabaté, the man who talked with a symphony orchestra

The label World Circuit is releasing for the first time a sumptuous concert where the kora maestro performs with the London Symphony Orchestra. PAM contacted him in Abidjan to talk about this groundbreaking experience.

Common: “Revolution and love is like a couple”
Feature
Common: "Revolution and love is like a couple"

The American rapper preaches love : for oneself, for others and for a (healthy) life, rather than advocating the swag and the ego-tripping beefs of other rappers. Values that infuse Beautiful Révolution (part 1), his new album featuring guests Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, and Chuck D.

Bunny: the last of the Wailers wails no more
Profiles
Bunny: the last of the Wailers wails no more

On 2nd March a collaborator of Bob Marley’s since the start and co-founder of the Wailers, passed away. He went on to have a long solo career, remaining fiercely independent and loyal to Rasta. Pam pays tribute.

“Georgia on My Mind”: the spirit of Ray Charles returns to the south
Feature
“Georgia on My Mind”: the spirit of Ray Charles returns to the south

Each week during Black History month PAM will be celebrating by looking at a seminal piece of black American music that helps tell the story of the United States. Today its “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles.

Bob Marley’s Survival: An album for Zimbabwe!
Review
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 magnetic songs of Moses Sumney
Review
The magnetic songs of Moses Sumney

‘Performer | Poor Person | laughing & crying’. This is Moses Sumney’s bio on Twitter, a space where he regularly posts his poetical and political musings, as well as images with sublime yet quite disturbing […]