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Amha Eshèté, the exile and the return to native land
Feature
Amha Eshèté, the exile and the return to native land

The second and final part of our long-form interview with Amha Eshèté, founder of Amha Records. Ethiopia’s very first independent label recorded the most beautiful sonic era of Swinging Addis.

Amha Eshèté, the dreamer who cut the grooves of Ethiopia’s golden sounds onto wax
Interview
Amha Eshèté, the dreamer who cut the grooves of Ethiopia’s golden sounds onto wax

Amha Eshèté fut le premier producteur indépendant de disques d’Éthiopie. Il se raconte à PAM (première partie).

Arkestra, Sun Ra’s whirlwind is still here
Article
Arkestra, Sun Ra's whirlwind is still here

The orchestra founded by Sun Ra is releasing a new album, Swirling, which perpetuates the brilliant creativity of the free Pharaoh. Patriarch Marshall Allen and his friend Knoel Scott share this vibrant and persistent legacy with PAM.

Crazy Jazzmen of Africa: BYG and the 1969 Pan-African music festival in Algeria
Article
Crazy Jazzmen of Africa: BYG and the 1969 Pan‑African music festival in Algeria

Episode 3: BYG Records, an adventurous label, released a series of albums in the autumn of 1969 which became legendary when they invited the cream of American free jazz back from the Pan-African Festival in […]

Zara McFarlane regains consciousness in Jamaica
Article
Zara McFarlane regains consciousness in Jamaica

The London-born singer’s new album, Songs of an Unknown Tongue, is the outcome of a journey back into her ancestral homeland of Jamaica, where she regained her roots, confirming her dazzling career on her fourth […]

Lee Scratch Perry, Arkology
Review
Lee Scratch Perry, Arkology

PAM is here to help you rediscover some unmissable records. Today, the treasure chest that is Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Arkology (Island / Universal)

Rogê & Seu Jorge, fellow sambists
Interview
Rogê & Seu Jorge, fellow sambists

The two accomplices engraved their reunion in wax. Without preparations or effects, they dedicate their old friendship to it, and confirm their immense talent as sambists. For PAM, Rogê comes back to this “direct to […]

Tim Black: a century of jazz music and fighting
Profiles
Tim Black: a century of jazz music and fighting

Who better to close our Black History Month feature than with this militant centenarian. Tim Black rubbed shoulders with the greatest figures in 20th century Black History: political leaders and jazz legends jostle in the memories […]