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Mamady Keïta, the djembe falls silent
Mamady Keïta, the djembe falls silent

Master drummer and music educator Mamady Keïta who bore the knowledge of the djembe for a generation of musicians through Le Ballet National Djoliba, his music group Sewa Kan, and as the founder of the Tam Tam Mandingue academy, has passed away.

Strength beyond all odds: A Tanzanian Albinism Collective
Strength beyond all odds: A Tanzanian Albinism Collective

Pan African Music proudly premiers the Tanzania Albinism Collective’s latest video to highlight and celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day and get the backstory from the group’s producer, Ian Brennan

Poté releases second LP A Tenuous Tale of Her
Poté releases second LP A Tenuous Tale of Her

Poté, a St Lucian born son of the diaspora, releases his second full length project A Tenuous Tale of Her on Bonobo’s Outlier label, piecing together the Afropean sounds derived from Kuduro and Zouk and today’s best diasporic dance music.

Ousmane Sembène, griot of the screen
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
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

Meet Navy, a young artist thinking big
Meet Navy, a young artist thinking big

PAM caught up with the Caribbean rising star for an exchange around authenticity, the 90s and eclectic playlists.

Shabaka Hutchings returns from the spheres to talk Black To The Future
Shabaka Hutchings returns from the spheres to talk Black To The Future

Shabaka Hutchings talks Dogon cosmology, African flutes and the field recordings of Hugh Tracey ahead of the release of the new Sons of Kemet album, Black To The Future

Xhosa Cole takes five
Xhosa Cole takes five

In conversation with Xhosa Cole on the Pan-African nature of jazz, the importance of looking back to move forward, and the capacity for activism and rejoice through music.