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A brief survey of African harps: the kora, krar, adungu and more
Feature
A brief survey of African harps: the kora, krar, adungu and more

Passed down from generations or remodelled from ancient tradition, African harps have been plucked and carried through antiquity into the music of today. Listen in on the krar, donso n’goni or adungu to hear the overtones of Africa’s stringed instrument.

Linton Kwesi Johnson in 5 dubs
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Linton Kwesi Johnson in 5 dubs

PAM honors the living legend of dub poetry, running through five of the Jamaican master’s tap natch poems imbued with cutting social commentary, heavy bass, and eternal rhythm.

Hagan, fishing for Textures in Ghana
Interview
Hagan, fishing for Textures in Ghana

PAM meets Hagan, a producer casting a net wide into the pan-African soundspace for a cinematic and club-ready album, Textures, created between trips to Ghana.

In the laboratory of electro Fra Fra
Feature
In the laboratory of electro Fra Fra

Fra Fra Gospel artist Linda Ayupuka introduces a new flavor to the sacred sound on God Created Everything with the help of Mais Um Discos and producer Francis Ayamga in the remote Top Link Studio of Northern Ghana.

Bottling the Caribbean with Kes
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Bottling the Caribbean with Kes

With a new album in production and prepping to play their first European show in over two years at Trace Made In Africa – Kes spoke to PAM between rehearsals in Trinidad.

A brief survey of African drums: djembes, tamas, bendir and more
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A brief survey of African drums: djembes, tamas, bendir and more

The drum gives rhythm to the many pan-African musics that are the soundtrack to dancefloors and discotheques, sacred spaces and ceremonies. Listen in on the djembe, tama, bendir and ngalabi alongside their musical cousins to explore the beat under Africa’s feet.

PAM revisits Papa Wemba’s Le Voyageur
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PAM revisits Papa Wemba’s Le Voyageur

For the third and final in our series on classic albums recorded in Paris in the eighties and nineties during the first coming of “world music” we consider Le Voyageur by Papa Wemba.

Julius Nyerere and the golden age of muziki wa dansi
History
Julius Nyerere and the golden age of muziki wa dansi

Julius Nyerere aka Mwalimu was a pan-Africanist icon with a taste for music. PAM recounts how Tanzania’s first president birthed the muziki wa dansi movement with state sponsored bands.